The government has made it mandatory for taxpayers to link Aadhaar numbers with PAN cards with effect from July 1.
The government has made quoting of the 12-digit Aadhaar number is must at the time of application of permanent account number (PAN).
Finance minister Arun Jaitley had made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to check tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards.
“Every person who has been allotted PAN as on July 1, 2017, and who in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 139AA is required to intimate his Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to the principal director general of income tax (systems) or DGIT (systems)”, said the revenue department.
The rules will come into force from July 1, 2017, the revenue department said while amending Rule 114 of the I-T Act, which deals in application for allotment of PAN.
Already 2.07 crores tax payers linked Aadhar with PAN.
There are 25 crore PAN card holder in the country and Aadhar has been issued to 111 crore people.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had upheld the validity of an I-T Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and 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) said that for filing income tax returns linking PAN and Aadhar card is must .