Aadhar can be linked after Return filing but to be done on or before 31st August 2017


F.No. 225/270/2017/ITA.II 
Government of India 
Ministry of Finance 
Department of Revenue 
Central Board of Direct Taxes

North-Block, ITA.II Division

New Delhi, the 31st July, 2017

Order under Section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961

The ‘due-date’ for filing income-tax returns for Assessment-Year 2017-2018 is 31.07.2017 for certain categories of taxpayers. It has been reported that some of the taxpayers are facing difficulties in filing their tax-returns due to various reasons including technical difficulties.

2. The Central Board of Direct Taxes, in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘Act’), hereby extends the ‘due-date’, as prescribed under section 139(1) of the Act, for filing returns of income from 31st July, 2017 to 5th August, 2017 in cases of all taxpayers who are liable to file their income-tax return by the said ‘due-date’.

3. Further, for the purpose of filing return, it shall be sufficient as of now to quote Aadhar or Aadhar Enrollment Number. The actual linking of PAN with Aadhar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st August, 2017. However, these returns shall not be processed u/s 143(1) until the linkage of Aadhar with PAN is completed.

(Ankita Pandey)

Under-Secretary to the Government of India