The government on Friday extended the deadline for linking the Aadhaar with PAN to March 31, 2018. The Finance Ministry said those who have not linked their Aadhaar number with their PAN cards can do it by March 31. The notification comes a day after the Union government told Supreme Court that was willing to extend the deadline to March 31, 2018. “In view of the difficulties faced by some of the taxpayers in the process, the date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN was initially extended till August 31, 2017 which was further extended up to December 31, 2017,” the Income Tax Department said in a statement.
“It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till March 31, 2018,” the statement added.
Under the provisions of recently introduced section 139AA of the Income tax Act, 1961, with effect from 01.07.2017, all taxpayers having Aadhaar Number or Enrolment Number are required to link the same with Permanent Account Number (PAN). Meanwhile, the Supreme Court three-bench will set up a new constitution bench next week to hear the several interim pleas seeking a stay on government’s order of linking Aadhaar card with various schemes. The issue of mandatory Aadhaar linking has been hanging in limbo in the Supreme Court since 2014.
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