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EMPLOYEE PROVIDENT FUND

The Employee Provident Fund or EPF or PF is a saving plan introduced by government for the financial support after retirement. This is applicable for all salaried employees in India.

Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) is regulated under the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 and the authority which regulates this act is Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). EPF is an advantage to the employees which will support them at the time of retirement. PF can be considered as a perk provided to employees by the employer over basic remuneration.

It is mandatory for all the employer to register their entity under EPFO if they have 20 or more employers appointed in their organization.

Importance for registration -

It is mandatory for all the employer to register their entity under EPFO if they have 20 or more employers appointed in their organization.

This registration involves organisations to contribute a fixed amount towards Employee against their PF out of employee salary and wages.

Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) is regulated under the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 and the authority which regulates this act is Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).  According to this act, if an employer or any organisation fails to get EPF registration or represents false of facts in order to avoid PF payment, then the employer shall be liable for a penalty of INR 5,000/-

Eligibility –

  • PF registration for Employer is mandatory -
  • Required by all types of entities like private limited, proprietorship, partnership etc.
  • Mandatory for all the organisation having employees more then 20
  • Government organisation under Central government
  • Factory having 20 or more people

Benefits -

  • Risk coverage for the employees
  • Same PF account can be carried forward to another organisation
  • Employee Deposit Insurance Scheme under which 0.5% of the salary is deducted from the life insurance premium.
  • urgent availability of funds
  • Covers pension

Documents Required -

  • PAN card of the company
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Copy of the cancelled cheque;
  • Partnership Deed/ MOA and AOA/ LLP deed/ Society or Trust deed
  • PAN card and Aadhaar Card of the Directors or Partners or Proprietor
  • GST certificate
  • List of the employees with date of joining
  • Name of the bank and the Bank’s address where the entity’s bank account
  • DSC

Registration Procedure -

  • Register the organization with EPFO, login details will be provided
  • Register DSC
  • Provide the Employer’s Details -
  • First Name – name of the company same as mentioned in Income Tax Department
  • Employer PAN
  • Select user Name
  • Mention a Hint Question/ Answer
  • Enter PIN sent on the registered mobile number
  • Activate E-mail link

PF Return Filing

It is mandatory to file the PF returns for all employers having PF registration on a monthly basis. The return filing by employers can be done through the Unified Portal. The PF return includes – Monthly return and Yearly return.

  • Monthly Return - 25th of every month
  • Yearly Return - 30th of April

Monthly PF Returns-

The filing needs to be done on or before 25th of each month. Forms involved for the filing -

  • Form 2
    the Form 2 is filed for the purpose of declaring and nominating under the flagship schemes of Employees Provident Fund and Employees Family Pension.
    This form is required to be filed by an employee at the time of joining. This form is submitted along with Form 5.
    This is divided into –
  1. Part A
  2. PartB

Part A

Part B

  • Deals with Nominating the EPF recipient with the balance of account holder

 

  • Part B should contain the details of the nominee as already specified in Form A

 

  • Details to be included in for -
    Name
    Address
    Relationship with subscriber
    Age
    Sum of money to be paid to the nominee
    Guardian details in case of minor
  • In addition to it, details of the family members who are eligible to receive the children/widow pension must be furnished.

Both the sections are required to be signed or a thumb impression at the end of the section.

  • Form 5
    this form includes the details of the employees who have recently join the company and want to enrol themselves into provident fund scheme. This form includes --
  1. Organisation name
  2. Organisation’s address
  3. Organisation’s code number
  4. Employee’s account number
  5. Employee’s name
  6. Husband/father’s name
  7. Employee’s DOB
  8. Date of joining
  9. Work track record

The form is required to be filed and stamped by the employer.

  • Form 10
    this form is filed to provide a monthly report along with the details of the employees who have enrolled under this scheme of provident fund. The details required to be added in this form -
  1. Account number of the employee
  2. Employee name
  3. Father/husband’s name
  4. Service leaving date along with the reason

The form is required to be filed and stamped by the employer.

  • Form 12A
    this form includes the details of the payments paid or contributed to the employee’s account in a particular month.

Annual PF Return Filing-

These are to be filed once a year on or before 30th of April. This forms involve the filing of –

  • Form 3A
    Known as a member’s annual contribution card, Form 3A depicts the month-wise contributions made by the subscriber/member and employer towards E.P.F and Pension Fund in a particular year. The data is calculated for every member who is a part of the scheme. In addition to it, the scheme will include the following details:
  1. Account number
  2. Subscriber’s name
  3. Father/ husband’s name
  4. Name and address of the company
  5. Contribution’s statutory rate
  6. If any voluntary contribution rate

The form is required to be filed and stamped by the employer.

  • Form 6A
    this form is required to provide the consolidated data of the annual contribution statement along with the details of annual contributions of all the members of the organisation. The form is submitted with the details -
  1. Account Number
  2. Member/subscriber’s name
  3. D.A, wage, retaining allowance
  4. Employees contribution deducted
  5. Employers contribution with EPF and Pension details
  6. Advance refund

Amount Remitted column of the form includes -

  1. Contribution month
  2. Remitted contribution which includes the advance refund
  3. Contribution of pension fund
  4. Contribution of EDLI
  5. Administration charges
  6. Aggregate contributions

Expert’s Advice –

It’s really import for an organisation to provide the benefit of “Provident Fund” as it is considered as an advantage to the employees as it provides an opportunity to the employees with savings options. The PF registration is quite easy to get done but it is equally important to file the returns. You can take a experts advice for the same. Feel free to contact Corpseed.

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