The central government has issued a notification in which it has notified that the quoting of an Aadhaar number is not required for certain persons.
Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 as inserted by the Finance Act, 2017 provides for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of return of income and for making an application for allotment of Permanent Account Number with effect from July 1, 2017.
However Meenakshi J Goswami, spokesperson, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in a statement on Friday said, "Section 139AA (3) of the Act empowers the Central Government to notify the person(s) or State(s) to which the requirement of quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID shall not apply."
Accordingly, the Central Government vide notification dated 11th May, 2017 has notified that the requirement of quoting of Aadhaar / Enrolment ID shall not apply to the following individuals if they do not possess the Aadhaar / Enrolment ID:-
- An individual who is residing in the state of Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya.
- An individual who is a non-resident as per the Income-tax Act, 1961.
- An individual of the age of eighty years or more at any time during the previous year.
- An individual who is not a citizen of India.