The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the due date for linking of the permanent account number (PAN) with Aadhaar from 31st December 2019 to 31st March 2020.

This is the third time the due date has been extended. The deadline was extended till December 31, 2020, by the CBDT through an order issued in September this year. Earlier, the deadline for this linkage was September 30. The CBDT frames policy for the Income Tax Department.

The Supreme Court, in September last year, had declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid and held that the biometric ID would remain mandatory for the filing of I-T returns and allotment of PAN.

Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and is eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to tax authorities.