What happens if you don't link Aadhaar and PAN? What should you do about it?
Even if you are not required to file income tax returns due to income being below exemption limit but possess both PAN and Aadhaar it is mandatorily required for you to link both.
It is now mandatory to link your Aadhaar card to your PAN card. You just have only a day to do that.
If you don’t know how to go about linking the two cards, read this: “Every person who has been allotted permanent account number as on the 1st day of July 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 Income-tax (Systems) or Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or the person authorised by the said authorities,” a notification issued by the government said.
But, what if you don’t want to do it or don’t even have an Aadhaar card? What happens to you in such a case and what can you do about it?
According to the Supreme Court of India, if you do not have an Aadhaar or do not wish to get an Aadhaar as of now, you don’t need to worry, at least for now. Your PAN will not be canceled in such a case. "Only a partial relief by the court has been given to those who do not have Aadhaar and who do not wish to obtain Aadhaar for the time being, that their PAN will not be cancelled so that other consequences under the I-T Act for filing to quote PAN may not arise," said CBDT in its circular.
Eventually, however, you will have to get and quote your biometric number while filing your returns or even for those who are applying for PAN cards or opening bank accounts and the link.
Keep in mind, that though now your PAN will not be invalid due to a non-Aadhaar linkage, it has to be quoted in all banking / financial transactions. Even if you are not required to file income tax returns if your income is below exemption limit but possess both PAN and Aadhaar cards, it is mandatory to link both.
The court does not provide any relief to those who already have both PAN and Aadhaar. You will have to link both.
There have been instances where people want to link their Aadhaar and Pan, but are not able to do so, due to a spelling error on one of the cards. In such cases, if you need to get a correction made either in your PAN or Aadhaar card, you can visit National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) website and UIDAI (AAdhaar) portal respectively.
(With inputs from PTI)
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