‘Aadhar’ card not mandatory for non-resident Indians filing tax returns

Only residents of India or those who have lived in the country for 182 days or more in a year can obtain an ‘aadhar’ card.

DUBAI // The ‘aadhar’ or identity card is not mandatory for non-resident Indians to file their income tax returns, the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi has clarified in a statement.

Filing details of the ‘aadhar’ card number while submitting income tax returns from July 2017 does not apply to NRIs. Only residents of India or those who have lived in the country for 182 days or more in a year can obtain an ‘aadhar’ card, as per the subsidies and benefits Act issues last year.

The embassy also clarified that the ‘aadhar’ card was not mandatory to obtain a driver’s licence or a mobile SIM card.

The statement added that the ‘aadhar’ number was one of several documents of address and identity proof for Indian citizens.

rtalwar@thenational.ae

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