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Do NRIs need Aadhaar to file Tax Returns? What UIDAI says

Aadhaar Card is now more than an identity proof. This 12 digit unique identity cards is now tightly woven with the economy by first linking it with various subsidised schemes and then making it mandatory for performing almost everything from bank transactions to filing your taxes.

These new rules on Aadhaar have created a lot of fuss over how they apply to various segments of the population.

As per UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), the Aadhaar issuing body have received a pile of complaints faced by the NRIs (non – resident Indians), PIO (Person of Indian origin), and overseas citizens of India (OCI), where Aadhaar was being demanded with regard to various services and benefits.

And they have clarified that Aadhaar number or enrollment ID will be mandatory for people those who are eligible to acquire one. It is also mentioned on the official website of UIDAI that as per the Aadhaar Act 2016, only a resident individual is entitled to obtain Aadhaar.

Resident as per the said Act means an individual who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and eighty – two days or more in the twelve months immediately preceding the date of application for enrollment.

Hence, section 139 AA of the Income Tax which says that it is required to quote Aadhaar with Income Tax Filing is not applicable to an individual who is not a resident as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

Most of the NRIs/PIOs/OCIs may not be eligible for Aadhaar enrolment as per Aadhaar Act…,
UIDAI said to Central ministry and States in a note dated November 15.

It has further the implementing agency to device a mechanism to ascertain the genuineness of status of such NRIs / PIOs / OCIs.

Hence, according to the Prevention of Money Laundering Rules 2017 and the Income Tax Act states clearly that the linking of bank accounts and PAN (Permanent Account Number) is meant for the person who are eligible to enrol for Aadhaar.

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