ITR to be processed after Aadhaar-PAN linking, says CBDT
In a last minute decision, the government today extended the deadline for filing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) and linking Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) of taxpayers.
While ITRs can now be filed by August 5, the Aadhaar-PAN linking can be done till August 31.
The government had made mandatory the linking of the two databases for income tax efiling ITRs from July, 1 this year.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a statement saying the dates have been extended on receipt of complaints from “some taxpayers” that they were unable to log on to the e-filing website of the Income Tax department.
There were also complaints that the assessees were unable to link Aadhaar with PAN because their names were mentioned differently in the database relating to the two documents, the CBDT, the policy making body of the IT Return department, said.
A senior tax filing department official said the decision was taken after a meeting of senior officers of the revenue department and CBDT was held in the finance ministry today to “ease out the panic situation”.
“For the purpose of e-filing return, it would be sufficient as of now to quote Aadhaar or acknowledgement number for having applied for Aadhaar in the e-filing website.
“The actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before August 31, 2017,” the CBDT said….. Read Full Article