PAN and AADHAAR linking NOT feasible
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Linking of PAN and AADHAAR has been made mandatory for filing of Income Tax Returns; this has created unnecessary and undue hardship on the tax payers. When one tries to link the following message appears (simultaneously):
1. Name etc does not match with AADHAAR Data base
2. Aadhaar Number that you have entered does not exist in Aadhaar Data Base. Please enter a valid Aadhaar Number
The error message does not highlight the discrepancies; rather, one has to compare both and discover themselves what exactly is the mismatch. The Second message creates a doubt about the authenticity of the Aadhaar Number itself.
Issue of PAN Card began nearly 25 years back; the purpose was different and limited and no one had a clue that it might create such a chaos and panic.
Aadhaar card does not insist for the expansion of the initials and almost everyone got the Aadhaar registration with initials.
Even the Educational and Academic records do not insist for the expansion of the initials.
Therefore, at the time of linking, in most of the cases, mismatches are bound to happen.
It is also said that the Aadhaar system does not recognize special characters like apostrophe and because of this many are facing an unsolvable problem.
South Indians do not have a Sur Name. They keep their Native place as their first word of their name followed by fathers name and finally their own name. PAN has no provision for such a pattern. Forcing South Indians to follow a different pattern other than their own is nothing but unethically encroaching on their cultural and traditional beliefs.
All these should have been looked in to before making the linking of PAN and AADHAAR mandatory.
By setting a dead line (31.07.2017) for the linking, panic amongst the tax payers is being created. Almost all professionals are busy in either GST Migration or getting relevant information for filing of ITR for the FY 2016-17 (consequent to demonetization). Moreover, the registration offices would be flooded by the amendment/rectification requests. Therefore, it would be virtually impossible to address all the issues that are arising with respect to the linking of PAN with AADHAAR before the dead line.
Adding salt to the wound is “THE THREAT THAT PAN WOULD BE INVALIDATED IF LINKING IS NOT MADE BEFORE THE DEAD LINE”. THIS IS NOTHING BUT UNJUST AND UNFAIR.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO UNDERSTAND THE GROUND REALITIES, RECONSIDER THE AMENDMENT AND ALLOW LINKING OF PAN AND AADHAAR AS IT IS OR ALLOW FORCE LINKING, KEEPING THE AADHAAR AS THE BASIS.
IF THIS IS NOT DONE IT WOULD BE CAUSING AN UNDUE HARDSHIP ON THE TAX PAYERS AND THE PROFESSIONALS, AND BY AND LARGE ON THE INDIAN CITIZENS.
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