link aadhar: 3-6 months more for PAN-Aadhaar linkage?

The government will give 3-6 months to link the biometric identifier Aadhaar with PAN in case the apex court rules in its favour, after which it may cancel all PANs that have not been linked, a senior official has said.

The cancellation will weed out all duplicate PANs and make benami transactions void, the official said.

The present due date for connecting the 10-digit alphanumeric PAN (Permanent Account Number), issued by the Income Tax Department, with Aadhaar is December 31.

The administration has demonstrated to the Supreme Court that it will stretch out this due date to March 31, 2018.

The authority said that in case of the summit court maintaining the administration position of making connecting of PAN with Aadhaar required and concurring with the proposed due date, a 3-6 month effortlessness period would be given to enable all citizens to do the connecting.

As of November, 13.28 crore out of 33 crore PANs have been connected to the 12-digit Aadhaar, he said.

“The connecting exercise is gone for dispensing with copy PAN cards which are being utilized by corrupt components to abstain from paying due expenses,” the authority said. Not connecting PAN with Aadhaar even after the effortlessness time frame will render the PAN invalid, he said. “We can offer 3 to half year window after December 31 for the connecting,” he said.


A month ago, the administration had told the court, which is hearing petitions against making Aadhaar connecting to ledgers, cell phone numbers and others required, that it will stretch out the due date to March 31, 2018.

This year, the legislature made the citing of Aadhaar compulsory for recording salary assessment forms (ITRs) and additionally getting another PAN.

“The copy PAN cards are the ones which are making a noteworthy risk to the economy. They are the ones who are utilizing this copy PAN for opening financial balances and after that they are executing and they are not documenting returns. So we have to stress over them,” the authority said.

Area 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that each individual having PAN as on July 1, 2017 and qualified to acquire Aadhaar, must cozy his Aadhaar number to the duty specialists. The administration had in August reached out by four months the due date for connecting PAN with Aadhaar till December 31, pending the Supreme Court decision.

As the case is pending in the Supreme Court, the legislature isn’t upholding the arrangement, the authority said.

“There will be a period when, once Supreme Court clears it, we might want to give a date by which all need to interface with Aadhaar and remaining will be drop.

“We will give a 3-6 month window… Be that as it may, after that the PAN, in the event that it isn’t connected, will be scratched off. Our motivation is, all copy PANs ought to be dispensed with which are not connected to Aadhaar card. Thus, all the Benami exchanges will go,” the authority said.

The Supreme Court is hearing petitions testing the administration’s choice on Aadhaar and has said it might consider setting up a constitution seat to hear requests testing the Center’s turn to influence Aadhaar to card obligatory for profiting different administrations and advantages of welfare plans.

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