Government employees get many benefits when compared with private employees, one of such benefits is receiving a pension, and people who work in private companies do not have this choice. Provident Fund is a social security scheme, initiated to encourage savings among employees. This security scheme benefit employee during the period of their retirement. PF is connoted for all salaried employees and it is governed and maintained by The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (PF Act).
It is mandatory that private companies that hold more than 20 employees should register with EPFO.
The PF of employees serves as a resource scheme for employees as a particular amount of their salary is deducted and save every month. This saved amount can be availed when they get retirement from the company or when they are not in a situation to work. This security scheme can keep you safe and confident as there is no need to get money from others for your expenses after your retirement.
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Benefits of Provident Fund
- You can receive fixed income after retirement, sitting at home in your old age.
- You can invest more than the basic i.e. 12% of your monthly income under the services of Volunteer provident fund
- Under Provident Fund, you can get life insurance at any age.
- Provident Fund allows you to have a nominee from your family, so that they can get the monthly income or pension after your demise
- You can withdraw Provident Fund after 60, and can avail both EPF and EPS
- In any emergency situation and also under unavoidable defined circumstances such as weddings, job loss, loan repayment and so on, you can withdraw your PF early.
- Having Provident Fund is not compulsory, though it is strongly recommended to everyone to join to keep their life secure after retirement.
Annual PF Return Filing – Form 3A & Form 6A
In India, PF registration is mandatory for employers who have more than 20 employees in their organization. The contributions for Provident Fund are made both by the employer and the employee every month. The employee can withdraw these contributions only at the time of his/her retirement, except for a few exceptions.
Here in this article, we have discussed about the Annual filing of provident fund returns, and about the forms used to fill the returns. Have a glance,
Annual Filing of Provident Fund Returns
Annual returns of PF is a must and it has to be filed by the 30th of April every year. Form 3A and Form 6A are the two forms used to file annual Provident Fund return.
This form is known as an employee’s annual contribution card, it describes the contributions made by the employee and employer towards Provident Fund and Pension Fund every month in that respective year. The information is computed for every employee who is a part of the Provident Fund scheme. This scheme require the following details:
- Account number
- Name of the subscriber
- Name of the father or husband or Name of the wife or mother
- Name and address of the organization
- The statutory rate of contribution
- Voluntary contribution rate, if any
- The form 3A demands the signature and seal of the employer as mandatory details.
This form is an amalgamated annual contribution statement which holds all the information related to the annual contributions of each employee of the organization. The Form 6A require the following details
- Account Number
- Name of the subscriber/member
- Amount of worker’s contribution debited from the salary
- Employer’s contribution for employee’s PF
- Wages, Retaining allowance (if any) and D.A.
- Refund of advances
- Rate of higher voluntary contribution (if any)
Apart from the above details, the following details must be filled in the ‘Amount Remitted’ column of the form 6 while filing the annual PF return:
- Month of contribution
- Pension fund contribution
- Remitted contribution including refund of advances
- EDLI Contribution
- Charges of Administration
- Aggregate contributions
Annual Account Statement
The employer is responsible for filing returns using form 3 and form 6, the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO)in turn will mail the annual statement of accounts to each employee via his/her employer. The statement of accounts will have the following details related Provident Fund:
- Opening balance of contribution that consists of interest of the employer and the employee of the organization
- Annual contribution of both the employer and employee.
- Interest made through contributions.
- Total number of contributions done by both the employer and employee.
PF Due Date if it falls on Sunday/Government Holiday
Earlier, employers were charged with penalties for payments which cross the due date, even if that particular due date was a government holiday/Sunday. But now, that too after EPFO’s recent update, PF payments after the due date are treated as normal payments and there is no need of penal damages when the due date falls on Sunday/Government Holiday.