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Just two days left: Aadhaar-PAN linking mandatory from July 1 for taxpayers

As many as 2.07 crore taxpayers have already linked their Aadhaar with PAN

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Aadhaar project cannot survive without undermining and overriding the rights of the people. Photo: Reuters

The has made it mandatory to link existing numbers with PAN of taxpayers with effect from July 1.

Amending rules and notifying the same, the has made quoting of the 12-digit biometric or the enrolment ID a must at the time of application of permanent account number (PAN).

Minister through an amendment to proposals in the Bill for 2017-18 had made mandatory for filing returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to check tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards.

The department said "every person who has been allotted PAN as on July 1, 2017, and who in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 139AA is required to intimate his Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to the principal director general of tax (systems) or DGIT (systems)".

Besides, it entrusted principal DGIT (systems) or DGIT (systems) with specifying the formats and standards along with procedure for verification of documents filed with PAN application or intimation of Aadhaar number.

The rules will come into force from July 1, 2017, the department said while amending Rule 114 of the I-T Act, which deals in application for allotment of PAN.

As many as 2.07 crore taxpayers have already linked their Aadhaar with PAN.

There are over 25 crore holders in the country while Aadhaar has been issued to 111 crore people.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had upheld the validity of an I-T Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and ITR filing, but had put a partial stay on its implementation till a Constitution bench addressed the issue of right to privacy.

Pursuant to this, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had said the linking of Aadhaar and PAN will be a "must" for filing of (ITR) and obtaining PAN from July 1.

While Aadhaar is a biometric authentication issued by the UIDAI, PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number alloted by the I-T department to individuals and entities.

First Published: Wed, June 28 2017. 12:05 IST
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