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Aadhaar-PAN linking must for ITR filing from July 1: Govt

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, June 10 - The Centre today made it clear that the linking of Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) will be must for filing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) and obtaining PAN from July 1.

The assertion came a day after the Supreme Court upheld the validity of an I-T Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and for ITR filing, but had put a partial stay on its implementation till a Constitution Bench addressed the issue of right to privacy.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), policy-making body for the I-T department, said the apex court�s order had only given a �partial relief� to those who do not have an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar enrolment ID, and the taxman, hence, �will not cancel� the PAN of such individuals.

The Board said it was issuing a three-point gist of the SC order and called it the �effect of the judgement� in order to clear any doubts in the minds of taxpayers.

�From July 1, 2017 onwards, every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar enrolment ID number for filing of ITRs as well as for applications for PAN.

�Everyone who has been allotted PAN as on the 1st day of July, 2017, and who has Aadhaar number or is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number... for the purpose of linking PAN with Aadhaar,� the CBDT said. � PTI

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