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What is Aadhaar Enrollment ID for Income Tax Return?

Updated on: Jun 17th, 2024

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Aadhaar number is mandatory for filing income tax returns from 1st July 2017. Those who do not have an aadhaar number must apply for it and can quote an aadhaar enrolment ID. Applying for an aadhaar card has never been easier. In this article, we will discuss how and when to enroll your Aadhaar for ITR filing.

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The last date to link Aadhaar with PAN is 31 May 2024. Failure to do so will render your PAN inoperative. You will be required to re-activate the PAN by paying a penalty of Rs.1000.

Aadhaar Enrolment ID/Number

When you apply for Aadhaar, you have to visit an Enrolment Centre and fill out the enrolment form. After providing demographic and biometric data and submitting proof of Identity and address documents, you get an acknowledgement slip with your Aadhaar Enrolment ID or Aadhaar Enrolment number. Once you get your Aadhaar, it can also be linked to your PAN Card.

Aadhaar Enrollment ID Format

Usually, an aadhaar Enrolment ID can be found in the below format.

Enrolment No. 1235/13820/02526

Income tax return forms released for FY 2023-24 (AY 2024-25) and onwards have a 28-digit column for quoting the Aadhaar enrolment number. You will also need the date to enter your 28-digit enrolment ID. 

Date: 20/06/2021 14:40:10

You can find these details in your enrolment aadhaar acknowledgement copy 28 digit Aadhaar Enrolment ID for the above example will be: 
1235138200252620062021124010

What are the Benefits of Knowing Your Aadhaar Enrolment ID?

There are several advantages to obtaining the Aadhaar Enrolment ID. It enables individuals to access various services and facilities. These benefits include: 

  • Checking the status of your Aadhaar application online
  • Retrieving a lost or forgotten Aadhaar number
  • Making changes to personal details in the Aadhaar database, such as name or date of birth
  • Verifying identity when availing of government and other services, such as requesting a subsidy, applying for a passport, or opening a bank account
  • Completing KYC procedures required for financial services that need customer verification

Eligibility Criteria to obtain an Aadhaar

Indian Residents: Any individual who is a resident of India, regardless of age and gender, is eligible to apply for an Aadhaar card. A resident is defined as someone who has lived in India for at least 182 days in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application.

Minors: Children below the age of 5 can also enroll for Aadhaar. However, they will need to update their biometric data (photograph, fingerprints, and iris scan) once they turn 5 and 15 years old.

No Age Restrictions: There is no minimum or maximum age limit to apply for Aadhaar. From newborns to senior citizens, everyone can enroll.

No Citizenship Requirement: Aadhaar is not proof of citizenship. It is issued based on residency and not nationality, so individuals who meet the residency requirements can apply regardless of their citizenship status.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do NRIs have to provide their Aadhaar number to file income tax returns in India?

Only a resident Indian can sign up for an Aadhaar card. NRIs who have resided outside the country for over six months in the last 12 months do not have to quote Aadhaar for their IT returns.

Is it mandatory to link Aadhaar number in e-Filing profile at the Income Tax website?

Yes,  Under Section 139AA of Income tax act linking Aadhaar with PAN has been made mandatory for e-filing taxes. In case this is not done, tax returns will not be processed.

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Aadhaar number is mandatory for filing income tax returns from 1st July 2017, last date for Aadhaar-PAN linking is 31 May 2024, Aadhaar Enrolment ID and eligibility criteria are explained.

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