CBDT lays out mandatory quoting of Aadhaar; includes PAN applications, filing return of income

05 April, New Delhi

The Central Board of Direct Taxes on Wednesday notified that under the Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 as introduced by the Finance Act, 2017 provides the mandatory quoting of Aadhaar or Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of return of income and for making an application for allotment of Permanent Account Number with effect from 1st July, 2017.

The CBDT in its notification clarified that such mandatory quoting of Aadhaar or Enrolment ID shall apply only to a person who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number.

As per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, only a resident individual is entitled to obtain Aadhaar.

However, the residents as per the said Act means an individual who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and eighty-two days or more in the twelve months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment.

Accordingly, the requirement to quote Aadhaar as per section 139AA of the Income-tax Act shall not apply to an individual who is not a resident as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

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