11.5 crore PAN cards deactivated for failure to link with Aadhar: RTI

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As many as 11.5 crore PAN cards were deactivated as they were not linked with Aadhar cards within the deadline, according to an RTI reply by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). The deadline for linking PAN card with Aadhar expired on June 30 this year. Out of the total 70.24 crore PAN card holders in the country, 57.25 people have linked their PAN cards with Aadhar. According to the RTI response, more than 12 crore PAN cards are not linked with Aadhar, of which 11.5 crore cards have been deactivated.

The RTI was filed by an activist in Madhya Pradesh Chandra Shekhar Gaur. The Aadhar and PAN cards are automatically linked for new PAN applicants while applying but linking both is mandatory for those PAN holders who have been allotted the card on or before 1st July 2017.

The RTI reply strongly indicated that under sub-section (2) of section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, it is mandatory for every person who has been allotted a PAN card on July 1, 2017, to indicate their Aadhar number.

“This linking of PAN and Aadhaar was required to be done on or before a notified date, in case PAN becomes non-operational,” the RTI reply said.

CBDT has imposed a penalty of Rs 1,000 for reactivation of the PAN card.

On March 30 last year CBDT listed the implications if PAN and Aadhar cards were not linked on or before the announced date. He also extended the deadlines for connecting the two to June 2023.

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