ITR Filing: The last date to link Aadhaar and PAN card (Pan-Aadhaar Link) is over. If PAN is not linked with Aadhaar, it will become invalid. The Income Tax (IT) Department has clarified the confusion of taxpayers regarding filing of Income Tax Return (ITR) on 18th July .
Invalid PAN card holders will have to pay a fine to get their card reactivated. The IT department said that non-resident Indians (NRIs) can still use their PAN cards to fill ITR forms.
Income Tax Department tweeted
Clarifying this through its official Twitter handle, the department said, concerns have been raised by some NRIs/OCIs regarding their PAN being invalid, however they are exempted from linking their PAN with Aadhaar. Further, PAN holders whose PAN has been invalidated due to non-linking of PAN with Aadhaar have expressed concern about some of the implications of PAN becoming invalid.
NRIs and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), who fall under the categories mentioned in the tweet, are requested to approach their respective Jurisdictional Assessment Officers (JAOs) with necessary documents to update their residency in the database . The IT department has also shared the link of JAO directory to help the individuals to locate the officials.
ITR can also be filed with an invalid PAN card.
The Income Tax Department further clarified that invalid PAN card will not affect the filing of income tax returns. Taxpayers can still file ITR with invalid PAN card. However, it may also cause some harm to them. As their tax may be deducted more or their refund may also be delayed.
All those NRIs and OCIs who have not updated their residential status, their PAN cards have become invalid. PAN cards of OCI or foreign nationals who have not filed their ITR for the last three assessment years have been invalidated. The Income Tax Department said that if NRIs and OCIs update their database on PAN cards, they can maintain their tax filing smoothly.