Aadhaar linking with Pan will end on March 31

Aadhaar linking with PAN ends on March 31, 2019. First, it was deemed to end on June 31, 2018, but later on, extended. The Income Tax Department is regularly warning every individual that “Aadhaar – PAN linking is mandatory now which has to be completed till 31.3.2019 by the PAN holders requiring the filing of Income Tax Return.”

Archit Gupta, Founder & CEO, ClearTax, says, “Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act says PAN numbers without Aadhaar will be invalid if not intimated in such form and manner as may be prescribed. Now the last date for such ‘form and manner’ of intimation has been prescribed as 31st March 2019. However, it does not define the consequences of such invalidation. It is apparent that in such a case, one may not be able to file tax returns. Invalidation of PAN due to non-linkage with Aadhaar could impact online transactions involving PAN such as payment of tax, deduction of TDS etc.”

The legal validity of Aadhaar has been confirmed by the Supreme Court of India in September 2018. In terms of Section 139AA of Income Tax Act, 1961 and order dated 30.6.2018 of the Central Board of Direct Taxes, Adhaar-PAN linking is obligatory, which has to be made till 31.3.2019 by the PAN holders requiring the filing of Income Tax Return.

Every individual who is eligible to receive Aadhaar number shall, on or after the 1st day of July 2017, quote Aadhaar number in the application form for allocation of the permanent account number and in the return of income according to the Section 139AA and every person who has been granted permanent account number as on the 1st day of July 2017, who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, shall imply his Aadhaar number to the income tax department.

The deadline as of now is March 31, it continues to be recognised if it gets prolonged as has been the case in the past. “The deadline has been extended many times, it all depends on the number of unlinked PANs and the reasons for their non-linkage, based on which the department may take a decision,” informs Gupta.

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