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IT department confirms that it is mandatory to link PAN-Aadhaar by Dec 31

The Income Tax Department has now announced in a public message that it is mandatory to link your PAN with Aadhaar by the end of this year so as to reap seamless benefits of income tax services. 
 
Earlier this year in September, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had extended the deadline to link the permanent account number (PAN) with Aadhaar till December 31. 
 
Aadhaar is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to a resident of India and PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number allotted by the I-T Department to a person, firm or entity.
 
The deadline to link the permanent account number (PAN) with Aadhaar was extended till December 31 by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) through an order issued in September this year. Earlier, the deadline for this linkage was September 30. The policy for the Income Tax Department is framed by the CBDT. 
 
The Supreme Court, in September last year, had declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid and held that the biometric ID would remain mandatory for the filing of I-T returns and allotment of PAN. 
 
Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and is eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to tax authorities. 
 
As per the new Income Tax norms, from 1st April 2019, it has become mandatory to link and quote one's Aadhaar number during the ITR filing, which means an tax filers cannot file ITR without PAN-Aadhar linking. 
 

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