With the UIDAI clarifying that tax payers will have to link their PAN with Aadhaar by the stipulated deadline of 31 August, there are only three days left to do it.
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.
Asked about the implication of the Supreme Court’s ruling (privacy being a fundamental right) on linking of Aadhaar and PAN, Pandey told PTI: “There also, linking of PAN to Aadhaar is mandated by an amendment in income tax act…the linking will continue under that act and law. There is no change”.
Pandey said various deadlines that have been prescribed, be it under provision of Aadhaar Act, Income Tax Act or money laundering rules will “have to be adhered to” as “those laws are valid”.
The government had made mandatory the linking of the two databases for filing income tax returns from 1 July this year. However, on 1 August the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extended the deadline after a deluge of complaints from taxpayers that they were unable to log on to the e-filing website of the Income Tax department.
There were also complaints that the assessees were unable to link Aadhaar with PAN because their names were mentioned differently in the database relating to the two documents, the CBDT said.
However, UIDAI chief has clarified that there will be no more extension of deadlines.