IKAN report: Aadhaar mandatory for residents of India

A unique identification number (Aadhaar) has been introduced in India is now compulsory for all Indian residents. Long term expatriates will be required to obtain the number.

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Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data.

Notification for all long term expats in India

The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established on the 12th of July 2016 by the Government of India, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, through the provisions of the Aadhaar Act 2016.In July of 2017, the Indian government announced through the Finance act, 2017 that income tax returns being filed by all residents of India require a mention of their unique Aadhaar number on the tax returns form.
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It is mandated that the existing permanent tax account number (PAN) now be linked to the unique identification number (Aadhaar). Tax returns shall be summarily rejected in the absence of the Aadhaar number.

Who do the new rules apply to?

The new requirement is applicable to residents in India including foreign nationals working in India on long term Visas and those staying in India for 182 days or more.Long term expatriates resident in India are now be required to obtain an Aadhaar number from the closest Aadhaar center to their current residence, collection should be at earliest so as to be able to facilitate the filing of their tax returns for the current financial year.Information provided by IKAN Relocation Services.For related news and features, visit our India section.Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit provides free information, practical advice and support for HR, global mobility managers and global teams operating overseas.Global Mobility Toolkit download factsheets resource centreAccess hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory