CBDT launches Ayakar Setu mobile app for tax, Link Aadhaar with PAN services
The Income Tax Department has launched a mobile app called the Ayakar Setu to facilitate easier tax payment and grievance redressal. This app is available for download on Android phones at the Google Play Store. Aadhaar-PAN linking can be done via this app. Tax related queries will be answered by a chatbot on weekdays. The app can be used to locate the nearest tax payment service office, file revised returns, e-verify returns, and check the status of ITR-V receipt and outstanding tax demand. The app allows request for PAN reissuance, correction, and verification. Tax deductors can use the app to file TDS returns, check TDS rates, and e-pay TCS. The app has tools to calculate advance tax, TDS, and the taxable value of perquisites. Tax Gyaan, a game on the app educates the user about income tax.
14 July 2017
How to link Aadhaar with PAN
After the government mandated linking of Aadhaar with PAN, more than 7 crore assessees have performed the requisite action. The last date for filing income tax returns is usually July 31st every year. So, it is advisable to link PAN with Aadhaar within that time.
In case you haven't linked your Aadhaar with PAN, you can do so in any of the following ways:
- Traditional pen-and-paper method - The individual is expected to submit the request form with two signed declarations. He/she can visit any PAN Service Centre to fulfill the formalities
- SMS - If the name of the assessee is identical in Aadhaar and PAN, he/she can send an SMS to 56161 or 567678 in the following format, UIDPAN
- Online - Assessees can also link Aadhaar with PAN through the income tax e-filing website, incometaxIndiaefiling.gov.in
14 July 2017
Linking of PAN with Aadhaar Card Still Possible
It is still possible to link your PAN and Aadhaar card even though the deadline to do so expired on the 1st of July. People who were not able to link the two documents for a number of reasons are a little confused as they do not know or are unaware of the procedure that they have to follow. A PAN card that has not been linked will not become invalid immediately but they might face an issue when filing their taxes. An individual can link their PAN and Aadhaar cards by visiting the official website for income tax filing which is www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and select the “Link Aadhaar” option. The site will require a few of the cardholder’s personal details which they would have to furnish correctly. PAN and Aadhaar linking can also be done via SMS by sending “UIDPAN<12 digit Aadhaar><10 digit PAN>” to 567678 or 56161.
The government will soon announce a date post which the linking of Aadhaar and PAN shall be considered invalid.
14 July 2017
PAN and Aadhaar should be compulsorily linked from July 1
The Government of India has declared that every Permanent Account Number (PAN) holder has to connect his or her number to their Aadhaar from July 1, 2017. You will soon have to start quoting your Aadhaar when you apply for PAN or while filing your income tax returns.
In Form 49A, a new section has been added to enter the Aadhaar number while one is applying for PAN. The Income-tax Rules of 1962 have been amended to declare that whoever has PAN must mandatorily quote his or her Aadhaar number to the income tax authorities.
PAN and recently even Aadhaar have been made compulsory for creation of bank accounts and making cash transactions.
4 July 2017
Link your PAN to Aadhaar or else it may become worthless
Have you avoided linking your PAN to your Aadhaar thinking that your income is lesser than the taxable limit? Then, you should reconsider this. Even if you do not file income tax returns because your income does not meet the taxable limit, you will have to connect your PAN to your Aadhaar.
When you have both PAN and Aadhaar, you must link both as it is mandatory. Otherwise, your PAN will be deemed invalid after a certain date, which will be specified by the government. This is according to the Income Tax Act, 1961 under section 139AA.
The order made by Supreme Court mentions that people who do not have Aadhaar but have PAN need not worry about linking. However, people who have both Aadhaar and PAN must compulsorily link both.
20 June 2017
Linking Aadhaar with PAN - when is it mandatory?
According to the announcement from the Ministry of Finance, all citizens who have been allotted PAN as on 1st July 2017 and are eligible to obtain the Aadhaar number should link their PAN to Aadhaar. If this is not done, the PAN will become invalid from a date that will be notified by the government.
As per Aadhaar rules, only a citizen who has resided in India for 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the application for Aadhaar is eligible to receive it. So, foreign nationals and individuals who qualify as non-resident as per the Income Tax Act are excluded from the mandatory quoting of Aadhaar. Individuals above 80 years of age are also exempted.
Although banks do not insist on linking of Aadhaar to bank accounts, certain benefits, particularly those pertaining to government grants or subsidies, can be availed easily if this is done.
15 June 2017
Linking PAN to Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns
The Supreme Court has given a verdict wherein PAN card has to be linked to Aadhaar to prevent an individual from holding multiple PAN cards. To file income tax returns, both PAN card and Aadhaar card are required. To get a PAN card, Aadhaar number has to be provided. For those who find it difficult to link their PAN card with their Aadhaar number, the government has given permission to file their income tax returns without linking Aadhaar. More than one PAN card is used by individuals to evade taxes. Which is why, the government has made it mandatory to link their Aadhaar number to their PAN card. Over 250 million PAN cards have been issued so far but only 36.5 million people have filed their income tax returns.
15 June 2017
Supreme Court will soon make a decision on linking Aadhaar to PAN Cards
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court will soon make a decision on the proposed amendment for the Income Tax Department to be able to cancel PAN cards if these are not linked to Aadhaar. There are a number of petitions challenging the proposed amendment and its constitutional validity.
The judgement is crucial as it would influence future verdicts in cases against the government that make Aadhaar number mandatory for several other services and benefits. The petitions had stated that the amendment would compromise the civil liberties of citizens. These also stressed on the risks posed by the recent leak of 13 crore Aadhaar numbers.
The Centre’s defence lawyer argued that the amendment would weed out duplicate PAN cards that currently exist in the repository. As per statistics, more than 1 crore income tax payers have submitted their Aadhaar numbers, but the number of PAN Cards exceed 29 crore.
The concern of duplicate Aadhaar numbers was also discussed in court.
12 June 2017
Tax Income Department makes linking Aadhaar card to PAN compulsory
The Income Tax Department has made it mandatory for all taxpayers to link their Aadhaar card to their PAN card as of June 1st. Taxpayers filing for their returns will now have to link their Aadhaar card to their PAN to facilitate a smoother online tax returns procedure.
7 June 2017
CPI leader moves Supreme Court over Aadhaar Pan link
Binoy Viswam, a CPI leader has moved the Supreme Court challenging the recent law that makes it compulsory for individuals to link their Aadhaar number with PAN card for filing all Income Tax returns from assessment year of 2017-18. He said that due to Section 139AA of the Act, he was forced to avail an Aadhaar number which was a violation of his right which was guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.
The petitioner also said that as per the Supreme Court’s orders, Aadhaar was voluntary and not mandatory. He said citizens were being forced to give their consent for Aadhaar despite their not wanting to due to the restrictions placed by the government. Additionally, Viswam also questioned the decision of the government to decision to introduce this amendment as part of the Finance Bill thereby not having a discussion in the Rajya Sabha.
6 April 2017