The government has brought in some changes in PAN card and Aadhaar card rules in the last few months
For identity purpose, both e-PAN and e-Aadhaar are as good as physical copies of the documents
NEW DELHI :
Although separate identity documents, PAN and Aadhaar cards now have at least two things in common. In the last few months, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the finance ministry have made changes in the use of both PAN (Permanent Account Number) and Aadhaar, making the two id cards similar in two ways.
While PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric code issued by the income tax department, Aadhaar is a 13-digit unique identity number randomly assigned to applicants by UIDAI after collecting biometric data.
Having made it mandatory to interlink the two, the government has now made PAN and Aadhaar cards interchangeable but only for filing of income tax returns (ITR). Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced in this year's budget that those who do not have PAN can file income tax returns by simply quoting their Aadhaar number.
Taxpayers can use Aadhaar number wherever they are required to quote PAN. However, it doesn't mean that you do not require to link PAN with Aadhaar.
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman Pramod Chandra Mody has already clarified that in cases where Aadhaar is being quoted and PAN is not linked to it, the income tax department might allot a fresh PAN to the person filing ITR.
In this way, the two will be linked automatically. The finance ministry has extended the cut-off date for linking PAN with Aadhaar to September 30.
UIDAI has issued over 120 Aadhaar numbers while the income tax department has issued 41 crore PAN cards so far. Only about have been