The government today extended the deadline for mandatory linking of Permanent Account Number or PAN with Aadhaar by three months to December 31. "The new deadline for linking the Aadhaar number with PAN will be December 31," the Finance Ministry said in a notification.
Earlier in March, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had extended the deadline for linking PAN with the Unique Identity Number by 6 months till September 30. This is the seventh time the government has extended the deadline for individuals to link their PAN to Aadhaar.
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extends the date for linking PAN & Aadhaar from 30th September, 2019 to 31st December, 2019. pic.twitter.com/nGsULxLnuj— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2019
In June last year, the government had said that PAN has to be linked with the biometric ID by March 31.
However, the government has made quoting of Aadhaar mandatory while filing income tax returns (ITRs) with effect from April 1, 2019.
Earlier, the CBDT said there were reports that those PANs which are not linked with Aadhaar number by March 31 may be invalidated, following which the matter was considered by the government and the date extended till September 30.
Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.
As per updated data till March 5, over 16.65 crore PANs, out of the total about 33 crore, have been linked with Aadhaar.