The Supreme Court has said that linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing of Income Tax returns.
A bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer said the top court had already decided the matter and upheld Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act.
The court’s direction came on an appeal filed by the Centre against a Delhi High Court order allowing two persons, Shreya Sen and Jayshree Satpute, to file Income Tax returns for 2018-19 without linking their Aadhaar and PAN numbers. “The aforesaid order was passed by the High Court having regard to the fact that the matter was pending consideration in this court. Thereafter, this court has decided the matter and upheld the vires of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act. In view thereof, linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory,” the bench said.
The top court noted that with regard to Assessment Year 2018-19, it had been informed that the two petitioners had filed the Income Tax returns in terms of the orders of the High Court and the assessment had also been completed.