Honorable Supreme Court in its landmark judgement has upheld Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act as constitutionally valid which requires quoting of the Aadhaar number in applying for PAN as well as for filing of income-tax returns.
Section 139AA(2) of the Income-tax Act provides that every person who has been allotted PAN as on the 1st day of July, 2017, and who is eligible to obtain Aadhaar, shall intimate his Aadhaar on or before a date to be notified by the Central Government. The proviso to section 139AA (2) provides that in case of non-intimation of Aadhaar, the PAN allotted to the person shall be deemed to be invalid from a date to be notified by the Central Government.
The Court also held that the “Parliament was fully competent to enact Section 139AA of the Act and its authority to make this law was not diluted by the orders of this Court.”
CBDT clarifies the effect of the Apex Courts judgement as follows:
1) From July 1, 2017 onwards every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar must quote his Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID of Aadhaar no. for filing of income-tax returns as well as in applications for PAN;
2) Assessee’s who have been allotted PAN as on 01-07-2017, and who have Aadhaar no. or are eligible to obtain Aadhaar no., shall intimate their Aadhaar number to income-tax authorities.
3) However, for non-compliance of the above point No.(2), only a partial relief by the Court is that PAN of the person will not be cancelled for those who do not have Aadhaar and who do not wish to obtain Aadhaar number.