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EPFO launched mobile app, mobile based services for members

Last updated : 7th October, 2016Retirement fund body EPFO launched a mobile application and other phone-based services like accessing PF account details for its over 3.54 crore subscribers, 49.22 lakh pensioners and 6.1 lakh employers. EPFO launched three mobile based services for the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) members. Mobile Application, SMS-based UAN (Universal Account Number) Activation and Missed Call service A. Mobile Application Once the new mobile application from the EPFO website is downloaded, the members would be able to activate their UAN accounts from their mobile phones and access their accounts to view monthly credits and details available with ... Read More »

[How to] check PF balance via short SMS code

Last updated : 7th October, 2016EPFO has recently launched SMS services for its members who have Universal Account Number (UAN).  In 2014, EPFO launched the UAN facility where a portable Universal Account Number was allotted to all the members. Once you active your UAN, you can use different services such as PF balabce, PF passbook, monthly SMS of contributions etc. Read my article on How to activate your PF UAN. The newly launched EPFO Short Code SMS Service is available only to those members who have activated their UAN (Universal Account Number). To use this new SMS facility, the member ... Read More »

UAN may be made mandatory for PF subscribers

Last updated : 7th October, 2016 EPFO is currently considering to make Universal Account Number (UAN) – portable PF mandatory for all members. The UAN facility was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October last year and provide many benefits. The main benefit is that the the UAN remains portable throughout the lifetime of an employee and they don’t have to apply for PF transfer claims at changing jobs. It is even more beneficial for workers in the construction sector, who often change their contractor after short span of time and take up new jobs after finishing one contract. ... Read More »

TDS on PF withdrawal before 5 years – Budget 2015 – new Section 192A

Last updated : 7th October, 2016 Update – May 2016 – No tax would be deducted at source for PF withdrawals of up to Rs 50,000 from June 1 2016.    http://wealth18.com/no-tds-for-pf-withdrawals-of-up-to-rs-50000/ In Budget 2015, new Section 192A of Income Tax Act is proposed to deduct tax (TDS) on PF withdrawal before 5 years. To discourage premature withdrawal of provident fund by subscribers, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has proposed a tax deduction on such early closures. Under the proposed tax law (new Section 192A of Income Tax Act), provident fund withdrawal before five years of continuous service will attract a TDS ... Read More »

EPFO will invest 5% of its corpus in Stock market / Equities ETF

Last updated : 7th October, 2016 Government has allowed EPFO to invest 5 % of its corpus in exchange traded funds (ETF). Labour ministry has notified new investment pattern for the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization which allows the body to invest 5-15% per cent of its funds into Equity Market. As this is the first time EPFO will be investing in Equity markets, they are little cautious and decided to invest 1% in the beginning and going upto 5% by end of financial year. The new investment pattern will be applicable for incremental deposits only. As per estimates, the EPFO’s ... Read More »

EPF Interest rate for 2014-2015 set at 8.75% on PF Deposits : EPFO

Last updated : 7th October, 2016 EPFO’s trustees today decided to retain interest payment on provident fund deposits for 2014-15 at 8.75% The decision to retain the interest rate on the provident fund deposits at last year’s level was taken despite some protest by the trade union members of the CBT The final notification for payment of the interest rate for the current fiscal will be issued by the Finance Ministry later. The EPFO had provided 8.75 %  rate of interest on PF deposits for 2013-14, which was higher than 8.5 %  paid for the previous fiscal Read More »

EPFO re-initate process to club allowances with basic pay, ordered inspection

Last updated : 7th October, 2016 August 2014,  EPFO has asked its over 120 field formations to inspect firms which are deducting PF on 50 %  or less of total wages. In a bid to deal with issue of splitting of wages by employers, field offices told to inspect establishments that may be structuring salaries in such a way as to cut PF liabilities The employers often split wages into different allowances to reduce their PF liability and also increase the take home pay of their workers. The provident fund is deducted as 12 % of basic wages. According to ... Read More »

EPF threshold raised from Rs 6500 & increased to Rs 15000 – New PF rule EPFO Notification

Last updated : 7th October, 2016 As per new EPFO Notification, Employees earning upto Rs 15,000 a month will come under the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) net. UPDATE (28-Aug) :   The formal notification is issued now and it will be effective from 01-Sep-2014. Gazette Notification providing for increase in wage ceiling under EPS, 1995 from Rs. 6500/- to Rs. 15,000/- which shall come into force on and from the 1st day of Sept., 2014 – HO No. Acturial/18(2)2008/Vol. III/7738 dated 29/08/2014 Read full notification here Government has approved hike in the threshold for mandatory PF savings from Rs 6,500 a ... Read More »

Employer can cap PF contribution limit to Rs 6500 Basic Salary – New EPFO Notification & Supreme court ruling

Last updated : 7th October, 2016 As per New Notification issued by EPFO & Supreme court ruling, Employer can cap PF contribution limit to Rs 6500 Basic Salary. On May 27, 2014, the Employee Provident Fund Office issued a circular permitting Companies to limit its PF contributions against the required salary ceiling limit of INR 6,500 per month. Earlier, such PF contributions was calculated as 12% of Basic Salary. Under Provident Fund (PF) regulations, PF is computed at 12% (for both the employer and employee contributions) against ‘basic wages’. The minimum statutory limit against which such PF is to be computed ... Read More »

8.75% Interest on PF for 2013-2014

Last updated : 7th October, 2016 The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s apex decision making body – Central Board of Trustees (CBT) – met on Monday to decide on the PF interest rate for this fiscal. Labour and employment minister Oscar Fernandes said – Retirement fund body EPFO on Monday raised the PF interest rate from 8.5 percent to 8.75 per cent for 2013-14. The EPFO’s Central Board of Trustees met on Monday and approved the interest rate that will now be forwarded to the finance ministry for notification. The EPFO, which is estimated to have an income of Rs 20,796.96 ... Read More »

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