The government on Friday extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN by three more months, till March 31, 2018.
The earlier deadline was December 31, 2017.
"It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till March 31, 2018," a statement from the Finance Ministry said.
The government had made it mandatory to link Aadhaar number with Permanent Account Number (PAN) till July 1.
In view of the difficulties faced by some taxpayers, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extended the deadline initially till August 31, which was further extended upto December 31 this year.
This comes after the Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear a batch of application seeking interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes including bank accounts and mobile telephone numbers.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwikar and Justice DY Chandrachud said that the Constitution bench that will hear the various plea for interim relief will also indicate the dates when petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act would to taken up for hearing.
As the court said that the matter would be heard next week by the Constitution bench, Attorney General KK Venugopal indicated that the deadline for the linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar would be extended till March 31, 2018.
However, he expressed some difficulty in extending the deadline on linking with mobile telephones in view of the earlier ruling of the top court.