From July 1, #PanCard must be linked to #AadhaarCard

All those allotted permanent account number (PAN) as on July 1 will have to link it with their existing 12-digit biometric Aadhaar number, the government has said.

Those applying for a new PAN will have to also mandatorily quote their Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment ID. Both Aadhaar and PAN have already been made mandatory for filing tax returns, opening of bank accounts and financial transactions over Rs 50,000.

“Every person who has been allotted permanent account or Aadhaar enrolment ID. Both Aadhaar and PAN have already been made mandatory for filing tax returns, opening of bank accounts and financial transactions over Rs 50,000.

“Every person who has been allotted permanent account number as on the 1st day of July 2017, and who in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 139AA is required to intimate his Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to the Principal Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or Director General of Income-tax (Systems) or the person authorised by the said authorities,” a notification issued by the government said.

The Finance Act for 2017-18 had made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Linking Aadhar with PAN is expected to help check tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards.

The Supreme Court had earlier upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and ITR filing, but had put a partial stay on its implementation till a Constitution bench addressed the larger case related to the issue of privacy.

“Only a partial relief by the court has been given to those who do not have Aadhaar and who do not wish to obtain Aadhaar for the time being, that their PAN will not be cancelled, so that other consequences under the I-T Act for failing to quote PAN may not arise,” the CBDT had said after the Supreme Court ruling.

Those who do not map their PAN with Aadhar will have their PAN cancelled, making it difficult for them to do transactions. Even those not required to file income tax return but having both PAN and Aadhaar are mandatorily required to link them as per section 139AA.

As many as 2.07 crore taxpayers have already linked their Aadhaar with PAN. There are over 25 crore PAN card holders in the country while Aadhaar has been issued to 115 crore people.

What if your income is below the tax limit?
Even then. If you don’t file income tax return but possess both PAN and Aadhaar then linking the two is compulsory otherwise your PAN will be liable to become invalid from a date to be notified by the government, as per section 139AA of the Act.

The recent Supreme Court order provides interim relief to those who may have PAN but do not have an Aadhaar and have not applied for one as yet from having to compulsorily link the two. It does not provide any relief to those who already have both PAN and Aadhaar.

Even individuals who are not required to file income tax returns due to income being below exemption limit but possess both PAN and Aadhaar are mandatorily required to link both by a date to be notified as per section 139AA. If such individuals do not link the two by the date to be notified then their PAN will become invalid as per Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act introduced in the last budget, according to Sonu Iyer, Tax Partner and People Advisory Services Leader, EY.

This means that a large number of people – senior citizens, students, entry-level workforce, housewives etc. who have PAN and Aadhaar both, but don’t file returns will have to link the two numbers. This can be done via the income tax department’s e-filing website.

Link it if you don’t want to lose your PAN
If a person does not link PAN and Aadhaar as mandated by section 139AA then the person’s PAN would become invalid. If a person’s PAN becomes invalid they would face problems in all banking / financial transactions requiring PAN to be quoted.

How does one do it
The IT department has made provision for assesssees to link their PAN to Aadhaar on the efiling portal. If you have Aadhaar and PAN card and you haven’t linked it yet, here’s help.

Visit the income tax e-filing portal at and enter your user id and password to access your profile. A new user can register on the portal by entering basic registration details such as PAN, name and date of birth.

Update Aadhaar
Once you are logged into the portal, go to the “Profile Settings” tab. A drop down menu will appear. Click on “Link Aadhaar”. A new form will be displayed.

You need to enter name, date of birth and gender as per PAN records. Next, your Aadhaar number and your name as per Aadhaar records must be entered. These details must be submitted after entering the text in the captcha code appearing on the screen.

After submitting the Aadhaar details, a success message is displayed confirming the linking of Aadhaar with PAN. A confirmation email is also sent to the registered email id of the assessee.

Points to note
• Once Aadhaar-PAN is linked, one can e-verify the IT return using Aadhaar if the mobile number is registered with Aadhaar database.

• If the name in Aadhaar does not exactly match with the name on PAN, you need to additionally provide Aadhaar OTP or EVC to proceed with partial name match.


#Purify your #home with these #houseplants

Do you feel suffocated inside your home? It is not surprising since we are breathing recycled air most of the time when inside the house. Including houseplants in your home decor improves the air quality within the walls of your home while also getting you cleaner air to breathe.

Here are some houseplants which serve a variety of purpose.

Peace Lily – One of the most effective indoor air purifiers, peace lily grows easily in shade. With it’s greeen leaves and white flowers that continue to bloom through the year.

Snake Plant – If you want to reduce the humidity in your bathroom, keep a pot of snake plant in there. It thrives in both – bright as well as low light conditions.

Money Plant – The most common indoor plant, it is also one of the best plants to purify air polluted with synthetic chemicals from furniture and cleaning solutions. It energizes the home by filtering air and increasing oxygen inflow.

Aloe Vera – While we all know the skin helaing benefits of aloe vera gel that we get from the plant, not many know that it also filters out byproducts of chemical-based cleaners and paints.

Chinese Evergreen – Easy to find and easy to grow, this houseplant is happy with low light and great for getting rid of air filled with benzene and formaldehyd and make for a perfect plant for your bathrooms.

What does your #hand-holding #style reveal about your #love #life?

Did you know, the way you hold on to your bae when you’re in public, discloses the most intimate details of your relationship? Because when you can’t put your emotions in words, you express them through your body language — raising your eyebrows, biting your lips, tilting your head or leaning towards the person while talking… the list is endless!

Radhika Daman, psychologist, shares that one of the most potent ways to understand the kind of relationship you share with your partner is by identifying the way you hold hands. Says Radhika, “While sex is often viewed as the height of intimacy, in today’s era of casual relationships, hand-holding is actually more intimate because the entwining of fingers is so much more charged emotionally. Though it’s a simple gesture, it symbolises the feelings and thoughts you have towards your partner.” Apart from signifying that you are romantically involved, it also sends out the message that you are proud to be with that person. She adds, “The next time you’re taking a walk, notice who initiates the hand-holding. Usually, the partner who is less secure reaches out. These hints might not always necessarily be entirely true, but they often give an insight into a relationship.”

Find out what your relationship is like:

Down-facing palm

This is one of the most common styles of holding hands. Whoever has their palm facing down and wrist on top is said to be the more dominant partner in the relationship. But don’t worry, it can also mean that this person is protective towards their partner. While men are usually said to take on this position, if you’re an alpha woman who likes taking charge in a relationship, you can do it too!
Tightly interlocked fingers
If you tend to interlock your fingers with your beau, it signifies that you share a deep connection and aren’t in a casual relationship. It also means that though you are physically intimate, you have gone beyond it and have deeper feeling for each other.

The pinky grab
Haters are going to hate and judge you for holding your partner by their little finger, but this is an extremely relaxed and casual way to hold hands. Even though it comes across as a very intimate gesture, it’s actually playful, flirtatious and young.

The wrist grab

On the surface, this gesture may look like you are aggressive, assertive and always want your partner to listen to you. But ironically, you are not only intertwining your hands, but also touching the bottom half of your arms. This shows intimacy and passion and the ‘need and urgency’ to be together.

The over-the-shoulder hand

As intimate as tightly interlocking fingers, this slightly awkward position involves you wrapping your bodies around each other. Apart from the fact that it shows how close a bond you share, it also signifies protectiveness and means that you aren’t afraid to showcase your love in public. Bravo, you are proud of your relationship!

The passive touch
Okay, on face value, the passive touch doesn’t really give out the perception that there’s passion between you two. But it’s a very gentle way to hold hands, and it symbolises tenderness and sweetness in your relationship. Unlike the over-the-shoulder style, this one isn’t boastful.
Holding hands can be good for your health, too!
According to research, this gesture can help reduce stress. A recent study found that, in traumatic situations, anxiety levels can go down when your significant other is holding your hand. Researchers suggest that applying a little pressure when holding hands can calm pain and anxiety, specifically when the area between your thumb and your forefinger is squeezed.

7 reasons that prove arranged #marriages in #India have their own #merits

There is a never-ending debate over love marriage versus arranged marriage. While to most of the youth today, the idea of entering an arranged marriage may seem repulsive, the same has been working pretty well for many married couples in India.

It’s old school but yeah, it’s logical to some extent and has its own merits over the other route. So, if the thought of an arranged marriage sends shivers down your spine, this article is for you! Here are 7 pointers to justify that arranged marriages are equally cool to love marriages…

You guys are socially compatible

Since your families have arranged for the marriage, there is a high probability that your cultural background and social setup are quite similar. This makes it easy for the couple to be socially compatible. Ergo, the adjustment level lowers down a tad bit because you share almost the same lifestyle, upbringing, traditions, taste, moral values, et al. Plus, you have a lot of common things that help you strike a bond faster.

You don’t marry a person; you marry his/her entire family!
This is really true in the Indian society. You just don’t adjust, love, care and understand your spouse…you do it with his/her entire family, especially if you are a girl. So when you opt for an arranged marriage, you check the background, status, likes, dislikes of your spouse’s family too, and then take a call. But if it is a love marriage, you simply have to accept everything and adjust.

Expectation level is much lower

When you don’t know the person well enough, you take your time to understand him/her first and then set your expectations level. This eventually leads to a much stronger and pragmatic relationship. Oh yes, the case would be other way round if you are too Bollywood-esque and expect your partner to do all the stuff that you have watched in movies.

Your parents look after everything and choose the best option

There’s no doubt that our parents have seen the world more than us and are definitely wiser. They know what all it takes for a marriage to work, and what it is like to live with another family. Of course, it’s you who’s going to take the final call and your choice matters too, but little guidance from parents makes things practical.

Your family sends you on dates, imagine that!

This one is the most interesting point. You don’t need to hide or lie to your parents if you are going out with your partner. In fact, they themselves send you out on a date. It’s like ‘wait, what…whoa!’

Your in-laws already love you!

Since they have chosen you to be the eligible son/daughter in law, you are already a rockstar in their eyes! They would be more than willing to adjust with you, go extra mile to make you feel comfortable at home, and pamper you with their love. Beware, this all is not guaranteed in love marriages.

Oh, the courtship period and honeymoon!

This is probably the most exciting phase of anyone’s life. You guys are tying the knot in the next eight months and do not know much about each other. Plus, you’ll be a bit shy to discuss all the things that are bound to remain between you too…we guess you understand what we are talking about! Basically, courtship period is full of discoveries, anticipation, excitement, and butterflies literally hover 24X7 in your tummy.