- Last date of linking PAN with Aadhaar number is by March 31, 2022
- Not doing so would attract a penalty, in fact, your PAN could be invalidated
The Finance Ministry announced that non-linking of PAN with Aadhaar number by March 31, 2022 would attract a penalty. Under the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, it is mandatory to link PAN and Aadhar on or before March 31, 2022. As per the Ministry, non-linking of PAN-Aadhaar will lead to a penalty of Rs 500 up to three months from April 1, 2022 and a fee of Rs 1,000 thereafter. Nevertheless, the non-linked PAN will remain operational till March 31, 2023.
As the deadline for linking Permanent Account Number (PAN) to Aadhaar hangs on our heads, the last-minute rush to get it done has prompted a meme fest on the internet and funny jokes have flooded Twitter timelines. With many rushing to link Aadhaar to PAN, users have taken to social media to share funny memes and jokes, sample some of the best ones here:
For the unversed, a Ministry statement released on Wednesday said, "On failure to do so... PAN shall become inoperative and all procedures in which PAN is required shall be halted. The PAN can be made operative again upon intimation of Aadhaar to the prescribed authority after payment of a prescribed fee."
"In order to mitigate the inconvenience to the taxpayers, as per Notification No 17/2022 dated March 29, 2022, a window of opportunity has been provided to the taxpayers upto March 31, 2023 to intimate their Aadhaar to the prescribed authority for Aadhaar-PAN linking without facing repercussions."
As a result, taxpayers will be required to pay a fee of Rs 500 up to three months from April 1, 2022 and a fee of Rs 1,000 after that, while intimating their Aadhaar.
"However, till March 31, 2023 the PAN of the assessees who have not intimated their Aadhaar, will continue to be functional for the procedures under the Act, like furnishing of return of income, processing of refunds etc."
"After March 31, 2023, the PAN of taxpayers who fail to intimate their Aadhaar, as required, shall become inoperative and all the consequences under the Act for not furnishing, intimating or quoting the PAN shall apply to such taxpayers."
-- with agency inputs