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ITR filing, PAN: Aadhaar not must in Assam, J-K, Meghalaya

The tax department, till now, has linked over 1.18 crore Aadhaar with its PAN database.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published: May 13, 2017 3:32 am
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The Revenue department on Friday specified the exceptions for its rule of mandatory quoting of Aadhaar to obtain PAN and file income tax returns enlisting residents of Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya, non-residents, non-citizens, and citizens over 80 years in the exempted category.

The Finance Act, 2017, made it mandatory for taxpayers to quote Aadhaar for filing income tax returns effective July 1. Also, Aadhaar has been made mandatory for applying for PAN with effect from July 1. The tax department, till now, has linked over 1.18 crore Aadhaar with its PAN database.

The government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for filing tax returns has been challenged through PILs in the SC. During proceedings of one of the petitions, the SC had asked the Centre about the reasons to make Aadhaar mandatory for obtaining a PAN card and for filing income tax returns. The government had said that the move would help weed out fake and fraudulent financial accounts. The SC has now reserved its judgment in the case.

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    Ram Sharma
    May 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    Classic case of double-standards by the government! How does the Modi regime know that residents of am, Jammu & Kashmir & Meghalaya do not possess multiple PAN cards and evade income tax? Does the government have some magical powers to decide which are the 'honest' states? Also what about the millions who belong to the category known as 'floating population'? What if they spend part of the year residing in the 'honest' states. And what about foreign citizens residing in India? Are they too known to be 'honest' people who don't evade tax? 'No taxation without equality' is an apt slogan for those condemned to become victims of Aadhaarisation in the rest of India.