New Delhi: Quoting Aadhaar number will be made mandatory for filing returns and Permanent Account Number (PAN) applications from July 1, 2017, the government on Tuesday proposed.
Earlier, the government had mentioned its plan to make it compulsory for all individuals to mention their Aadhaar number while filing the income tax returns.
According to the amendments proposed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, income tax payers would have to declare their Aadhaar number in all tax returns filed after July 1.
They would also have to link the 12-digit unique identification number with the PAN before the July deadline. According to the bill, PAN cards that are not linked will be deemed to be invalid.
Nearly 95% of all adults in the country have an Aadhaar number. But those who have not been issued an Aadhaar number so far, are required to submit their Aadhaar enrolment number for this purpose.