PF is an account allotted to every employee through a UAN (Universal Account Number). You can log into the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) portal through your UAN number and password and check your balance and other details. A fixed portion of your salary is deducted every month and deposited in this account along with the employer's contribution of an equal percentage. The deposited amount is eligible for withdrawal post-retirement with the benefit of accrued interest at the rate of 8.50%Read more
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The following people are eligible to be a member of the EPF enrolment:
Any person hired through a contractor or engaged as an apprentice as defined by the Apprentices Act of 1961
Any person under the standing orders of an establishment earning less than or equal to Rs. 15,000 per month (under section 17)
Generally, a PF form 19 is used to withdraw funds from the account for a final settlement, especially after retirement. Look through various aspects of PF Form 19 below in this article.
The various sections of the PF Form 19 are as follows:
Father’s name (or name of the husband if you’re a married woman)
Account number of Provident Fund and UAN (Universal Account Number)
Address and name of the establishment, organization, or factory
Reason for resigning or leaving the service
Date of resigning or leaving the service
Date of joining the company or establishment
PAN number (Permanent Account Number)
Mode of payment
One can withdraw EPF funds from the account at the time of retirement, at the age of 58. One can also opt for early retirement any time after the age of 50. If the service is terminated, a member can withdraw a part of his PF.
If the employee dies before retirement, the nominee decided by the employee gets the whole benefit of the accrued funds and interest.
You can also partially withdraw funds for the following purposes:
Finance problems caused due to natural calamity
Home loan repayment
Land or property purchase
Establishment or closing of factory
Unemployment for more than one month
To withdraw funds, you need to submit a duly filled Form 19.
EPF Form 19 is a two-page form that requires members to fill in the following information:
Details of the PAN
Bank account number and IFSC code (must be the same account as one's current employer's account)
Account number for the Provident Fund
Start date and end date of employment
Residential address mentioned in the Aadhaar card or postal address
Preferred method of remittance (cheque/ money order/bank details)
Revenue stamp of Rs 1 (if the form is filled offline)
You can fill this form by visiting your nearest PF office. In case of online, you can visit the EPFO portal and follow the below-mentioned steps:
Enter your UAN number, i.e., Universal Account Number, your password, and the captcha that appears on the screen to log in to the EPFO website.
Select and click on "Claim (Form – 19, 31 & 10 C)" from the "Online Services" option once you've logged in.
After that, click on "Verify" and enter the last four digits of your bank account number. Ensure that the account number entered is the one that is linked to your PF (Provident Fund) account.
Once you add the account number, a "Certificate of Undertaking" will pop up. Select "Yes."
Then, under the "I wish to apply for" option, choose "Only PF Withdrawal (Form – 19)" from the drop-down menu.
Check the next page and select the "Get Aadhaar OTP" option once it appears on the screen.
An OTP will be sent to the mobile number registered with your PF account. Enter the OTP to verify the account.
You will be given a reference number for the process after it has been completed.
The PF amount will be deposited in the member's bank account once the employer authorizes the request.
The advantages of the PF Form 19 are as follows:
The form is easy to understand. The online service saves you time and effort.
You can complete the whole process from the comfort of your home without having to go anywhere.
After submitting the online application, the process is completed within a week. You should note that the member's Aadhaar number must be linked to their UAN.
Members can conveniently withdraw provident funds through a single platform. The single-page form also eases the process and makes public services open and efficient for the subscribers.
The PF is an easy and important scheme made mandatory by the government for the benefit of the working class, especially salaried individuals. It helps you stay financially secure and self-sufficient for your retirement years.
PF also brings disciplined savings for individuals that can be also used in times of emergency. It is one of the safest forms of financial instruments that offer the security of return without any loss.
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