The Income Tax Department will automatically issue a PAN card to the filer through Aadhaar. For this, there will be no need to provide any separate documents to the return filing. According to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) notification, the decision is part of the agreement to link PAN and Aadhaar’s data base. According to the CBDT notification, the new rule has come into effect from 1st September.
The board said that if a person is filing returns through Aadhaar in the absence of PAN, then it will be presumed that he is also applying for issuing PAN. In such a situation, he will not need to submit any other document. The Income Tax Department will obtain the information of the person from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for issuing PAN. CBDT Chairman PC Modi had also said earlier that if there is no PAN filing, then we can consider the rules for issuing PAN to Aadhaar. The law provides that the officer investigating the return can issue a PAN by himself.
Aadhaar is issued by UIDAI to a person and a 10 digit PAN number is issued by the Income Tax Department to a person, firm or company. Aadhaar contains information such as name, date of birth, gender, photo, address and biometrics. Similar information is also required to get a new PAN. As per the data, more than 120 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued and 41 crore PAN numbers have been generated so far. Of these, 22 crore are linked to PAN Aadhaar.