PAN and Aadhaar are mandatory to be linked by 31 December: Income Tax Department

The deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar was extended till 31 December by the Central Board of Direct Taxes.

This article was originally published on 16 December 2019. It has been edited and re-published due to the deadline for linking PAN and Aadhaar tomorrow. 

It is mandatory to link your PAN with Aadhaar by the end of this year, the Income Tax Department said in a public message on 16 December. “Building a better tomorrow! To reap seamless benefits of income tax services, complete the vital link before 31 December 2019,” the department said.

Representational image.

Representational image.

The deadline to link the permanent account number (PAN) with Aadhaar was extended till 31 December by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) through an order issued in September this year. Earlier, the deadline for this linkage was 30 September.

In case you are unsure if you have or not linked your PAN and Aadhaar yet, you can head to the Link Aadhaar Status page on the I-T website to confirm. All you need to do is put in your PAN and Aadhaar number to check.

If your Aadhaar and PAN are not linked, you can head here to do so.

The CBDT frames policy for the Income Tax Department. The SC, in September last year, had declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid and held the biometric ID would remain mandatory for the filing of I-T returns and allotment of PAN.

(Also read: How to link Aadhaar with PAN card)

Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on 1 July 2017, and is eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to tax authorities.

Aadhaar is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to a resident of India and PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number allotted by the I-T Department to a person, firm or entity.

With inputs from PTI. 

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