Assesses can now file their income tax returns online without the Aadhaar enrolment number as the Delhi High Court, while providing the relief to two petitioners, asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes to create a platform for people to file returns without Adhaar till the deadline of March 31, 2019 for PAN-Aadhar linkage.
A two-judge bench of Justices Ravindra Bhat and AK Chawla passed the order in response to a petition filed by two lawyers, Shreya Sen and Jayshree Satpute. The petitioners said that since the verdict on the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Scheme was still pending in the Supreme Court, the petitioners had refrained from applying for an Aadhaar.
On June 30, the Central Board of Direct Taxes extended the deadline for linking the PAN with Aadhaar to March 31, 2019. This was the fifth time the government extended the deadline.
The deadline to file returns for 2017-’18 is July 31.
In May, the Supreme Court reserved its judgement on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar programme and its enabling law.The apex court has ordered that the deadline for linking the biometric programme to the government’s welfare schemes be extended till it delivers the verdict.
Meanwhile, the Madras High Court on Tuesday allowed nine petitioners to file their tax returns manually without giving their Aadhaar details, PTI reported.