The CBDT has issued a press release dated 31st July 2017 on the issue of extension of the due date for filing the return of income and the linking of PAN with Aadhaar.
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
New Delhi, 31st July, 2017
Extension of date for filing of Income Tax Returns
There are some complaints that the taxpayers are not being able to log on to the e-filing website of Income Tax Department or not being able to link Aadhaar with PAN because of different names reflected in PAN and Aadhaar database. While technical snags have been removed already, the main reason for failure of people to log in is because of last minute rush and panic in which those who have already logged in want to continue for the entire period for fear of losing it. In order to ease out the panic situation, the Government has decided to take the following steps:
1. For the purpose of e-filing return, it would be sufficient as of now to quote Aadhaar or acknowledgement No. for having applied for Aadhaar in e-filing website. The actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st August, 2017. However, the returns will not be processed until the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done.
2. In order to facilitate the e-filing of return, it is also decided to give extension of five days for e-filing of return. The return can be filed upto 5th August, 2017.
Commissioner of Income Tax
(Media & Technical Policy)
Official Spokesperson, CBDT