PAN-Aadhaar linking: ‘Neglect’ may land you in trouble

Even though the last date for the linking of Aadhaar and PAN card has been extended by sixth time till September 30, 2019, you may not get relief. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said taxpayers would have to mandatorily quote and link Aadhaar number while filing the return of income.

It is pertinent to mention that the last date for filing of income tax returns for 2019-20 is July 31. Here’s what will happen if you have not attached your Aadhaar card with Permanent Account Number (PAN) card:

It is very likely that a tax payer will face difficulties in filing of income tax returns if the Aadhaar number is not linked with PAN card. Talks are doing rounds in some sections of media that PAN card of a person will be cancelled if not linked with Aadhaar.

It is mandatory as per a new section put under the Section 139A of the Income Tax Act that every resident of India who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, on or after the July 1, 2017 must quote the Aadhaar number in the application form for allotment of PAN and filing of the income tax return.

In case someone does not possess Aadhaar Number, the Enrollment ID of Aadhaar application form issued to the concerned person must be mentioned in the application for PAN.

On the other hand, if you are a non-resident Indian (NRI), then you are not eligible to get Aadhaar card. But the PAN card is a must if the concerned person is having taxable income in India.