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Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) is a government-backed savings scheme intended to help employees cover their expenses once they retire. General Provident Fund (GPF) is the government employees’ version of EPF. Most commonly, the EPF or GPF is referred to as just ‘PF’.
Under the PF scheme, both employee and the employer contribute monthly to the EPF account of the employee. The minimum contribution that employees should make is 12% of their basic salary. The employer too shall contribute with the same amount, i.e. 12% of employees basic salary.
The government has decided to retain the EPF interest rate of 8.% for the financial year 2021-22.
To know the status of your claim, the following information should be available to you:
b. EPF regional office of your employer
c. Employer details
d. Extension code (if relevant)
Keep the above information/documents handy, and then follow the below steps to check the status of your claim online.
A request has to be raised through The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to withdraw from your PF account. The EPFO is a statutory body under the Ministry of Labour and Employment. After placing a request for PF withdrawal, you may not know the status of your request.
To address this problem, the EPFO has launched an online process to see the status of your requisition. Here is the procedure to check the status of your EPF withdrawal claim:
Step 1: Go to the EPFO portal. Click on ‘Services’ followed by the ‘For Employees’ option.
Step 2: Click on ‘Know Your Claim Status’.
Step 3: Click on the link, and it will redirect you to the member passbook application.
Step 4: Login by entering the Universal Account Number (UAN), password and captcha.
Step 5: Now, you will find the option of ‘View Claim Status’. Click on the same and view your claim status.
For the claimant’s benefit, the EPFO also sends alerts via SMS if a mobile number has been linked to the account. The SMS is sent in the following two instances.
1. On receipt of claim application.
2. On transfer of funds to the claimant’s bank account.
There could be income tax implications on your EPF withdrawal under specific scenarios.
Refer to ClearTax’s page to know more about the taxability of EPF withdrawal.
Employees can check the status of their PF claim by giving a missed call to 011-22901406 using their registered mobile number. Nevertheless, an employee has to link their mobile number with their UAN. An employee has to update their Permanent Account Number (PAN),
Aadhaar, and bank account information on the UAN portal.
An employee will not incur any kind of charges since the call would automatically get disconnected post two rings. The claim details will be sent via SMS on an employee’s registered mobile number.
Employees can check their EPF withdrawal/transfer claim status by calling on the EPFO 24×7 customer care number – 1800 118 005. Employees need to keep their PF Account Number or UAN handy as the helpline officer will ask for it for checking the status of the claims.
An employee can also check the status of a PF claim via SMS. An employee needs to link their mobile number with the UAN portal. An SMS needs to be sent from that mobile number.
SMS needs to be sent to 7738299899. SMS format will be ‘EPFOHO UAN LAN’. Here ‘LAN’ refers to the language an employee would like to get the details in.
Refer to the table below for the different language options and the respective language codes you need to use:
Employees can check their PF transfer/withdrawal claim status online using the UMANG app. The UMANG app must be downloaded and is available on both iOS and Android platforms. Nevertheless, employees should have their mobile numbers updated with their UAN. Follow the steps mentioned below to know your claim status via the Umang app:
Download and install the UMANG app on your mobile phone using Play Store or App Store. Log in to your EPFO account, there will be 2 options – ‘MPIN’ and ‘Login with OTP’. Key in your mobile number and select your preferred option.
When you select ‘Login with OTP’, you will get an OTP on your registered mobile number. Enter it in the space provided and login into your EPFO account.
After entering your OTP, click on ‘Login’.
You will then be redirected to the EPFO portal main page. Here, select ‘Employee Centric Services’.
Select ‘Track Claim’ and you will then be redirected to a page where you can view your claim status.
If you have no claims, the screen will be displayed as below. In case you have claims, the screen will display your claim status details.
|Payment under process||1. Claim is still in process|
2. The status will change to claim settled after EPFO transfers money to your bank account.
|Settled||1. Claim has been accepted and processed by EPFO.|
2. Money is already transferred to the bank or it will happen soon.
|Rejected||The previous or current employer could reject your claim due to various reasons such as:|
1. When there is a mismatch in details.
2. When there is a signature mismatch.
3. When the signed claim printout is not submitted in less than 15 days after making an online claim.
|Not available||The claim is not yet processed.|
No, to withdraw EPF because of being jobless, the period of unemployment must exceed three months.
Yes, Aadhaar is necessary to file an online claim.
Yes, you will have to produce documentary evidence to withdraw EPF.
EPF eligibility is determined by the amount of time spent in service, and it differs across conditions.
No, the latest amendments have alleviated the need to seek employers’ approval to file EPF claims.
Form 10C is used for pension withdrawal; Form 19 is used for Provident Fund withdrawal.
No, an employer cannot reduce its share of contribution towards EPF. It will be considered illegal if an employer reduces its contribution.