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Government Extends Aadhaar-PAN Linking Deadline To August 31

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| July 31 , 2017 , 20:05 IST

As the government extends the deadline to file Income Tax Returns of the year 2016-17 by 5 days to August 5, it has also extended the deadline to link Aadhaar Cards with PAN to August 31.

Ministry of Finance tweeted, Actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st August 2017."

The Finance Ministry also released an official statement saying, "There are some complaints that taxpayers are not able to log on to the e-filing website of the Income Tax Department or not being able to link their Aadhaar numbers with Permanent Account Numbers (PANs) because of different names reflected in PAN and Aadhaar database.

"While technical snags have already been removed, the main reason for the failure of taxpayers to log in is because of the last-minute rush and panic among those who have already logged in about disconnection.

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Quoting of Aadhaar was made mandatory for filing of income tax returns, as introduced by the Finance Act 2017. Aadhaar number is also compulsory for making an application for the allotment of PAN.

Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961, as introduced by the Finance Act, 2017, provides for the mandatory quoting of Aadhaar/Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form, for filing of returns of income and for making an application for allotment of PAN with effect from July 1.

Mandatory quoting of Aadhaar or Enrolment ID will apply only to a person who is eligible to obtain an Aadhaar number. As per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, only a resident individual is entitled to obtain Aadhaar Card. 

Accordingly, the requirement to quote Aadhaar as per Section 139AA shall not apply to an individual who is not a resident as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

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