The last day for linking Aadhaar to PAN is not July 1; don’t worry your card won’t become invalid

Linking Aadhaar number with permanent account number becomes mandatory from July 1 for all those who have already obtained a PAN. Those applying for a PAN after July 1, it will be required to quoted Aadhaar number in the application form.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 30, 2017 12:44 pm
Aadhaar, permanent account number, Linking Aadhaar with PAN, Income tax returns July 1 is not the last day to link Aadhaar number with PAN. (File Photo)

Amidst the rush for linking Aadhaar with the permanent account number (PAN), here’s a clarification: July 1 is not the last day. In fact, linking the two becomes mandatory from July 1 for all those who have already obtained a PAN. Further, those applying for a PAN after July 1, will be required to quote their Aadhaar number in the application form. According to section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961, every person who has an Aadhaar number and a PAN is required to link the two “on or before a date to be notified by the Central Government” — which has not yet been clarified.

It states:

(1) Every person who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number shall, on or after the 1st day of July, 2017, quote Aadhaar number—

(i) in the application form for allotment of permanent account number;
(ii) in the return of income

(2) Every person who has been allotted permanent account number as on the 1st day of July, 2017, and who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to such authority in such form and manner as may be prescribed, on or before a date to be notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette.

The Income Tax Department’s website now hosts a new page to link Aadhaar with PAN — http://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in/e-Filing/Services/LinkAadhaarHome.html — by entering both details and other personal information.

Read: Linking your Aadhaar with PAN: Here’s all you need to know. Click here.

Through an amendment to tax proposals in the Finance Bill 2017-18, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns, and linking of Aadhaar with PAN to curb tax evasion through the use of multiple PAN cards.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court earlier this month had upheld the validity of the Income Tax Act provision but put a partial stay on its implementation until the issue of right to privacy is addressed by a constitutional bench. The government had issued a notification on the same, stating:

(i) From July 1, 2017 onwards every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar Enrolment ID number for filing of income tax returns as well as for applications for PAN;

(ii) Everyone who has been allotted permanent account number as on the 1st day of July, 2017, and who has aadhaar number or is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to income tax authorities for the purpose of linking PAN with Aadhaar;

(iii) However, for non-compliance of the above point No.(ii), 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 Income Tax Act for failing to quote PAN may not arise.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. R
    Reader
    Oct 9, 2017 at 10:31 am
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Oct 9, 2017 at 10:31 am
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Oct 9, 2017 at 10:30 am
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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          #AADHAARFAIL
          Jul 1, 2017 at 6:36 am
          25 lakh families in Rajasthan are unable to withdraw ration even after seeding #AADHAARFAIL with their ration card. 2. #AADHAAR authentication does not work for half billion Indians. 3. AADHAAR authentication does not work most of the time 4. AADHAAR bio-metrics can be stolen, printed and used for #AADHAAR pay 5. #AADHAAR does not work for NRIs, people outside India 6. AADHAR can not be generated if a person's fingerprint matches with someone else's with 60 percentage probability. 7. Rogue government can deactivate your #AADHAAR blocking your gas, electricity, mobile, bank account 8. AADHAAR works for millions of illegals staying in India 9. AADHAAR is blocking subsidies for millions of legitimate people 10. Take 10 lakh insurance for each #AADHAAR failure case or delete aadhaar bio-metrics from aadhaar database, archive and deactivate #AADHAAR. Jai Hind
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            murthy
            Jun 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm
            Some one misused and the whole lot of others have to suffer, look at the problem
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