Deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linking may not be extended

New Delhi: The Income Tax department is unlikely to extend the August 31 deadline for linking Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Aadhaar.

Earlier this month, the IT department had extended the deadline till August 31, but cautioned that returns would not be processed until the ‘linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done’.

The deadline was extended as there were complaints that taxpayers were unable to link the Aadhaar number with PAN because of different names in the two databases.

Sources in the tax department said there was no move to extend the date now as enough time had been provided to link PAN and Aadhaar.

Meanwhile, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey had said last week that the Supreme Court’s verdict on privacy has no bearing on the requirement quoting Aadhaar for availing government subsidies and welfare schemes.

(With agency inputs)

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