New Delhi: The government today extended the deadline for mandatory linking of PAN with Aadhaar by three months to 31 March, 2018.
This is the third extension given by the government to individuals to link the Permanent Account Number (PAN) with the biometric ID.
The Centre had already informed the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend till 31 March the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes.
“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 31 March, 2018,” the finance ministry said.
As of November, 13.28 crore out of 33 crore PANs have been linked to the 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar.
This year, the government made quoting of Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns (ITRs) as well as obtaining a new PAN.
Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on 1 July, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.
The government had in August extended by four months the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till 31 December, pending the Supreme Court verdict.
The Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging the government’s decision on Aadhaar.
The apex court has said it may consider setting up of a constitution bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of welfare schemes.
The deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar previously was 31 July but was extended to 31 August and later to 31 December, 2017.