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Mastering EPF Withdrawals: Common Reasons for EPF Claim Rejections


Last Updated on January 25, 2024 by Kanakkupillai

Common Reasons for EPF Claim Rejections

  1. Information Mismatch: A primary cause of rejection is a disparity between the claim details and the information stored in the EPF database. Cross-checking and ensuring accuracy in name, dates, and bank details is imperative.
  2. Incomplete KYC Records:  Claims may be denied if the KYC records with the EPFO are not fully completed. It is recommended that the KYC process be finalized before initiating an EPF claim.
  3. Joint Bank Account Issues:  EPF claims might be rejected if a joint bank account, not held jointly with a spouse, is provided. The EPFO only transfers claim funds to an individual bank account or a joint account held with a spouse.
  4. Error in Bank Details:  Inaccurate bank account information, such as the account number, IFSC code, and bank branch details, can result in rejection. It is crucial to promptly update any changes in bank details within the EPFO records.
  5. Blurry Image Submissions: Rejections often occur due to unclear images of cheques or passbooks. Uploading original, clear pictures and avoiding photocopies can prevent this issue.
  6. Date Discrepancies: Incorrect joining or leaving dates in the EPFO portal can result in rejection. Correcting joining dates may require approaching the organization, but exit dates can be self-updated on the EPFO portal.
  7. UAN-Aadhaar Linkage: Claims may be rejected if the Universal Account Number (UAN) is not linked with Aadhaar. Ensuring linkage through available methods is crucial for a smooth claim process.
  8. Wrong Application Forms: Incorrect application forms for EPF withdrawal lead to rejections. Using the appropriate withdrawal form is fundamental to avoid this pitfall.

How to Avoid EPF Claim Rejections?

  1. Correcting Name Mismatch: If there’s a name mismatch, submit a joint declaration with the claim to rectify it as per EPFO guidelines.
  2. Rectifying Date of Birth Discrepancies: Correcting the date of birth in EPFO or Aadhaar records ensures alignment and prevents rejection.
  3. Completing KYC: Ensuring KYC completeness before filing a claim is a proactive step to avoid rejection.
  4. Ensuring Individual Bank Accounts: Provide individual or spouse-held joint bank accounts to prevent claim rejection related to joint accounts.
  5. Thorough Bank Details Verification: Regularly verify bank details, updating any changes promptly to prevent rejection.
  6. Submitting Clear Documents: Avoid rejection due to unclear images by submitting original, clear pictures of cheques or passbooks.
  7. Updating Employment Dates: Promptly correct any discrepancies in joining or leaving dates, ensuring accurate records in the EPFO portal.
  8. Linking UAN with Aadhaar: Ensure UAN and Aadhaar link through available methods to prevent rejection of claims.
  9. Using Correct Application Forms: Selecting the appropriate withdrawal form is crucial to avoid rejection due to form discrepancies.


Enabling individuals to navigate the EPF claim process with meticulous attention to detail and increase their chances of a seamless withdrawal process. Follow the outlined solutions to avoid pitfalls and ensure a seamless EPF withdrawal experience.


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