New Delhi: With an aim to deliver all facilities to the transgenders the Narendra Modi-led government has introduced the independent category in gender section of Permanent Account Number (PAN) application form. Henceforth, the people related to above category will be able to fill their gender as independent while obtaining PAN for their tax-related transactions. The new law will also enable them to link their Aadhaar card with PAN. Earlier, only male and female category options were available to be chosen on the form.
A Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a notification in this regard on Monday.
A senior official said the notification amending the tax rules was brought out in view of some representations received by the CBDT in this context.
“Individuals from the transgender community were facing hassles in obtaining a PAN card and this problem was further magnified as Aadhaar had the third gender category but not PAN.
“Hence, the transgenders were not able to link their PAN with their Aadhaar due to this anomaly,” the official said.
The government has now made quoting of Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns as well as obtaining a new PAN.