- Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax return, obtaining PAN
- December 31 is last date to link Aadhaar card with PAN card
- Mobile phone users need to link SIM with Aadhaar by February
The government has mandated linking of Aadhaar to many essentials such as PAN, income tax returns (ITRs) and mobile phone. All SIMs (mobile phone numbers) not linked with Aadhaar will be deactivated after February 2018, according to a report by news agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) citing informed sources. The government is moving ahead with linking Aadhaar with mobile SIM cards, the agency further said. Aadhaar number is also to be shared with financial institutions and has to be submitted to avail the various social security schemes. Aadhaar or UID (Unique Identification Number) is based on biometrics-based data. Aadhaar number, printed on Aadhaar cards, is a 12-digit unique identity number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
Be it linking of Aadhaar with PAN, mobile SIM cards or bank accounts, there are different deadlines specified in each case. Here are four important deadlines to remember for you to link your Aadhaar with the various documents or products:
1. December 31, 2017: Deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN
In August, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extended the last date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN "to facilitate ease of compliance by the taxpayers". The new deadline is December 31, 2017. Earlier, this deadline was August 31, 2017. Linking Aadhaar-PAN is mandatory for processing of income tax returns (ITRs) for assessment year 2017-18, the income tax department has said.
"If this linking (PAN-Aadhaar) is skipped, the return could be considered invalid and the person may have to file it again which shall be considered belated and may attract penalty, interest and other consequences like disallowances for losses," says Sandeep Sehgal, director of tax and regulatory at Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP.
(Also read: How to link PAN card with Aadhaar card)
2. February 2018: Deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile number (SIM)
All mobile phone numbers not linked with Aadhaar will be deactivated after February 2018, according to a report by news agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) citing sources. That means mobile phone service users will have to link their Aadhaar numbers with SIM cards. Many telecom companies have now started sending alerts to customers about completing the Aadhaar-Mobile number linking process. They had earlier instructed their customers to start the process of linking their Aadhaar card numbers with phone numbers. (Read: Telecom operators share guidelines on Aadhaar linking)
3. December 31, 2017: Deadline for submitting Aadhaar details to banks/financial institutions
The government has made it mandatory for all banks and financial institutions to mention the Aadhaar details of clients in the KYC (Know your Customer) document. A KYC document basically provides all the details that authenticate the identity of a user. People who have taken loans are also required to file their Aadhaar details. If you fail to link it with your bank account by December 31 this year, it may even become inoperable.
4. December 31, 2017: Last date to give Aadhaar details to avail social security schemes:
Aadhaar number or the 12-digit Unique Identification Number has to be provided for all social security schemes by December 31, 2017. In order to avail pension, LPG cylinders or government scholarships, one must provide his or her Aadhaar card details.
Meanwhile, the government also plans to make linking of Aadhaar mandatory for driving licence. "It (Aadhaar-Licence linking) would be done soon to check the menace of multiple licensing," Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.
(With agency inputs)
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