July 28, 2017
The government might decide to provide relief to those taxpayers who are yet to link their Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN). The Income Tax (IT) department has been sending text messages to citizens asking them to link their Aadhaar with PAN as it is mandatory for filing income tax (IT) returns, the due date for which is 31 July. However, many taxpayers have sent letters and messages to the IT department complaining about their inability to link these two identification documents.
Many senior citizens have also complained about their inability to obtain Aadhaar. Taxpayers also pointed out that in many cases names included in the Aadhaar and PAN registries do not match, as reported by the Times of India. Several individuals have used only their initials for PAN while Aadhaar mentions their full name. Hence, they are unable to link the two documents due to name mismatch.
The IT department gave sufficient time to the taxpayers to link their Aadhaar and PAN. However, officials of the IT department believe that some of these concerns are genuine and so these complaints have prompted the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to review the deadline. The government is expected to take a decision on this very soon as it does not want the taxpayers to miss the deadline of 31 July for filing Income Tax returns.
Earlier, the Ministry of Finance revealed that only 25% of PAN card holders have linked their PAN with Aadhaar as on 17 July, 2017. Read more about it here.