On Tuesday, The Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) extended the last date for linking Aadhaar-PAN till June 30, if one fails to link Aadhaar with PAN by the final deadline; they may not be able to get their tax returns processed by the tax department. The order said, “the deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking for filing I-T returns is being extended after consideration of the matter.”
The government has previously extended the deadline four times, from July 31, 2017, to August 5 to August 31 and then to March 31, 2018, due to complexity faced by taxpayers while filing their income tax returns. Earlier this month, an order by the CBDT has come in the backdrop of the Supreme Court, directing extension of the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar with various other services.
The apex court ordered for the extension of the deadline till the five-judge constitution bench delivers its judgment on petitions challenging the validity of the biometric scheme and the enabling law. The government has now made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and obtaining a new PAN. Income Tax Act Section 139 AA (2) 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 crores, have been linked with Aadhaar.