Deadline to link Indian tax numbers and Aadhaar extended

India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the time for residents to link their taxation permanent account numbers to their Aadhaar biometric IDs from March 31, 2018 to June 30, 2018.

Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India.

The Indian government has now made the use of Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns, as well as for obtaining a new PAN.

The tax department notes that residents that currently file income tax returns most likely are linked to Aadhaar, if they had added their Aadhaar ID to their income tax return in previous assessment years.

The extension of Aadhaar to the tax system demonstrates the national government’s continuing commitment to widen the scope of the biometric authentication system.

The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which captures all the demographic and biometric details of every Indian resident. At last count, over 1.1 billion people out of India’s population of 1.27 billion have been registered in the Aadhaar database.

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