Provident fund is a savings scheme for the benefit of the employees run by the government. Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is a governmental body which maintains and oversees the fund. Contribution to PF is mandatory for every employee, employers also contributes equally to the provident fund. Amount accumulated in the fund can be withdrawn at the time of retirement along with interest.
Organisations employing 20 or more members are required to register with PF department. Strength of 20 includes contract employees. Companies can also register themselves voluntarily. Employers are required to register with PF department within one month from the date of reaching 20 employees
Procedure for registration
Remittance by the employer has to be done only after generating challan from the EPFO. Hence, it is mandatory for every employer to register in the EPFO portal.
The online generation of challan will not be possible if the employer has not registered his/her establishment. The employer has to register and create his/her user id & password for accessing the Employer Portal of EPFO.
The PAN issued by the Income Tax of India in the name of the establishment is to be entered.
Every employer has to generate challan and pay the amount due by 15th of every month. Also, employers are required to file PF returns.
Due date for monthly PF return is 25th of every month and due date for annual PF return is 25th April.
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