EPF India: EPF Eligibility, Interest Rate, Contribution & Payment

Employee Provident Fund (EPF) is a retirement benefit scheme maintained by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO). The employee and the employer contribute to the EPF scheme on monthly basis in equal proportions of 12% of the basic salary and dearness allowance. Out of the employer’s contribution, 8.33% is directed towards the Employee Pension Scheme.

Read on to know all about EPF scheme, interest rate, eligibility, contribution, withdrawal and managing your EPF account online.

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With effect from June 1st, 2021, it is mandatory to link your Aadhaar with your EPF Account. If not, the employer’s contribution will not get credited to your account. Click here to know how to link Aadhaar with your EPF account.EPF Interest Rate FY 2021-22

The interest rate on EPF is reviewed annually. EPF interest rate for FY 2021-22 is 8.50%. Once EPFO notifies the interest rate for a financial year and the year ends, interest rate is calculated for the month-wise closing balance and then for the entire year.

The year in which the new interest rates are announced stays valid for the next financial year i.e. from the year starting on 1st April of one year to the year ending on 31st March of the next year. Here are a few important facts to know about EPF Interest Rate:

  • The rate of interest i.e. 8.50% is valid and will be applicable only on EPF deposits made between the months of April 2021 and March 2022.
  • The interest, even though calculated on a monthly basis, is transferred to the Employees’ Provident Fund account only on a yearly basis on 31st March of the applicable financial year.
  • The transferred interest is summed up with the next month i.e. April’s balance and is then again used for calculation of the interest.
  • If the contribution is not made into an EPF account for thirty-six months continuously, the account becomes dormant or inoperative.
  • Interest is offered on inoperative accounts of employees who have not attained the retirement age.
  • Interest is not provided on the amount deposited in inoperative accounts of retired employees.
  • The interest earned on inoperative accounts is taxable as per the member’s slab rate.
  • For contributions made towards the Employees’ Pension Scheme by the employer, the employee shall not receive any interest. However, a pension is paid out of this amount after the age of 58.

EPF Interest Rate Calculation

Let’s suppose that an employee started his contributions from the month of November 2020.

Contribution Start MonthNovember 2020
Interest Rate (p.a)8.5%
Monthly Interest Rate8.50/12 = 0.7083%
Employee’s Contribution12% of Rs. 15,000 = Rs. 1,800
Employer’s ContributionRs. 1,800 (8.33% in Pension, 3.67% in EPF)
Employer’s Actual Contribution to EPF account3.67% of Rs. 15,000 = Rs. 550
Total Monthly Contribution in EPF accountRs. 1800 + Rs. 550 = Rs. 2,350

The balance calculation for the next month (December) will be done in a given manner:

  • Balance carried forward from November 2021= Rs. 2,350.
  • Interest earned for the month of December 2021 = Rs. 16.75
  • Balance at the end of December 2019 = Rs. 2,350 + Rs. 2,350 = Rs. 4,700

Note: Although interest has been earned in December 2020, it will be credited at the end of the financial year on 31st March 2021.EPF Contribution

The employer and employee make equal contributions to the EPF account as shown below.

Contribution byMonthly Percentage Contributed
Employee12% or 10%

Key Points about EPF Contribution:

  • 12% Employer’s contribution includes 3.67% EPF and 8.33% EPS
  • 10% EPF share is valid for the organizations where there are 20 or less than 20 employees /organizations with losses incurred more than or equal to the net worth (at the end of financial year) /organizations declared sick by the Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction
  • Total contribution made by the employer is distributed as 8.33% towards Employees’ Pension Scheme and 3.67% towards Employees’ Provident Fund.
  • The contribution made by the employee goes totally towards the provident fund of the employee.
  • Apart from the above-made contributions, an additional 0.5% towards EDLI has to be paid by the employer.
  • Certain administration costs towards EDLI and EPF standing at the rate of 1.1% and 0.01% respectively also have to be incurred by the employer. This means that the employer has to contribute a total of 13.61% of the salary towards this scheme.

Employee’s Contribution towards EPF

In general, the contribution rate for the employee is fixed at 12%. However, the rate is fixed at 10% for the below-mentioned organizations:

  • Organizations or firms employing a maximum of 19 workers.
  • Industries declared as sick industries by the BIFR
  • Organizations suffering an annual loss much more as compared to their net value.
  • Coir, guar gum, beedi, brick and jute industries.
  • Organizations operating under the wage limit of Rs. 6,500.

Employer’s Contribution towards EPF

The minimum amount of contribution to be made by the employer is set at a rate of 12% of Rs. 15,000 (although they can voluntarily contribute more). This amount equals Rs. 1,800 per month. It means that both the employer as well as the employee has to contribute Rs. 1,800 each per month towards this scheme. Initially, this amount was set at 12% of Rs. 6,500, which would equal Rs. 780 to be contributed by both the employer and the employee.

  • The contribution from both the parties is deposited into the EPFO (Employees Provident Fund Organisation)
  • This is a long-term investment fund for the contributors which helps them continue an independent life after retirement

EPF Eligibility Criteria

  • Employees need to become an active member of the scheme in order to avail of benefits under this scheme.
  • Employees of an organization are directly eligible for availing Provident Fund, insurance benefits as well as pension benefits since the day they join the organization.
  • Any organization employing a minimum of 20 workers is liable to give EPF benefits to the workers.
  • This scheme does not cater to the needs of people residing in Jammu and Kashmir.

How can Employers Register for EPF?

Follow the process given below for EPF registration:

  • Visit the Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) website
  • Go to the section of ‘Establishment Registration’ that opens up a new page with ‘Instruction Manual’. It will explain the process of Employer Registration, followed by registration of DSC [Digital Signature Certificate] of the Employer which is a prerequisite for fresh application submission
  • Accept ‘I have read the instruction manual’ tickbox to proceed and fill in the details to register
  • An email e-link is sent which is to be activated and a mobile PIN is also sent. You need to upload certain documents to register
  • Those who are already registered can log in using their Universal Account Number (UAN)

How can EPF Members (Employees) Login to EPF?

You need to visit the member website of EPF i.e. EPF e-SEWA/EPF Members Portal and on the right side, you have the option to login using UAN. However, UAN must have been activated earlier.

What is UAN?

Universal Account Number (UAN) is a 12 digit number which is provided to each member of the Employees’ Provided Fund Organisation (EPFO) through which he can manage his PF accounts. It helps the person to get all Provided Fund (PF) information in one place irrespective of the organization he works for. With the help of UAN, the employee can easily withdraw and transfer funds.

EPF UAN Activation

In order to activate your UAN, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: You need to visit the member website of EPF i.e. EPF e-SEWA/EPF Members Portal

Step 2: On the right corner below, you will find the option of ‘Activate UAN’ and click on it

Step 3: As the new dashboard opens up, enter either UAN, PAN or Aadhar and other details as Name, Birthdate, etc. according to EPFO records

Step 4: Enter the ‘captcha’ code and get an authorization PIN on your registered mobile with EPFO

Step 5: Use the One Time Password (OTP) to validate and activate the UAN online

Step 6: Another message will be sent to confirm activation of the UAN

Step 7: Once UAN is activated, you can log in using it to check the status of the Provident Fund

EPF KYC Update

Step 1: Visit EPF Members Portal and log in using UAN & Password

Step 2: As the new page opens up, under the section of ‘Manage’, click on KYC from the dropdown menu

Step 3: Update the details like name and number of PAN, Aadhar, Bank documents, etc.

Step 4: Save it and it will show as Pending KYC as long as it is verified from the other endHow to check EPF Balance?

A member can check the EPF balance accumulated in the account online by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Visit EPF’s website at www.epfindia.gov.in

Step 2: Go to ‘For Members’ in the “Our Services” section

Step 3: Click on the ‘Member Passbook’ option

Step 4: Now enter your ‘UAN’, password and captcha code and login to your EPF account

Step 5: Select the ‘Member ID’ to view your passbook

Step 6: Your passbook will be displayed with complete details in the document

Step 7: The member can also check his EPF balance by sending an SMS to ‘7738299899‘ in the format EPFOHO <UAN> ENG

EPF balance can also be checked through a missed call on the number- 011-22901406.EPF Forms

Different EPF forms are mandatory for all activities that employees wish to undertake in their accounts; the activities include registration, withdrawal, transfer of PF, availing loans from an existing EPF account or for any other reason.

EPF FormUse of the EPF FormDownload
Form 31EPF Withdrawal
Form 14Buying LIC Policy
Form 10DFor claiming monthly pension
Form 10CFor claiming withdrawal benefits/scheme certificate of EPS
Form 11EPF Account Transfer
Form 19Final Employees’ Provident Fund Settlement
Form 20EPF Final settlement in case of death of the employee
Form 2Declaration and nomination form for EPF & EPS
Form 5 IFClaim as per EDLI scheme
Form 15GTo save TDS on the interest income on EPF
Form 5New employees registering for EPF and EPS
Form 11Auto transfer of EPF

EPF Withdrawal

EPF can be partially or completely withdrawn. Complete withdrawal is allowed when an individual retires or if he/she remains unemployed for more than 2 months. Whereas, partial EPF withdrawal is allowed under certain circumstances. You can make a withdrawal claim by filling the EPF withdrawal form online. However, you can use the online withdrawal claim facility only if your Aadhaar is linked with your UAN.

Follow the steps given below to fill the EPF withdrawal form and initiate a claim online:-

Step 1– Sign in to the UAN Member Portal with your UAN and Password.

Step 2- From the top menu bar, click on the ‘Online Services’ tab and select ‘Claim (Form-31, 19 & 10C)’ from the drop-down menu.

Step 3– Member Details will be displayed on the screen. Enter the last 4 digits of your bank account and click on ‘Verify‘

Step 4– Click on ‘Yes’ to sign the certificate of undertaking and proceed further

Step 5– Now click on the ‘Proceed for Online Claim’ option

Step 6– Select ‘PF Advance (Form 31)’ to withdraw your funds online

Step 7 – A fresh section of the form will open, wherein you have to select the ‘Purpose for which advance is required’, the amount required and the employee’s address

It is worth noting that all options for which the employee is not eligible for withdrawal will be mentioned in red.

Step 8 – Tick on the certification and submit your application

Step 9 – You may have to submit scanned documents depending on the purpose for which you have filled the form

Step 10 – Your employer has to approve your withdrawal request after which the money will be withdrawn from your EPF account and deposited in the bank account mentioned at the time of filling the withdrawal form.

SMS notification will be sent to your mobile number registered with EPFO. Once the claim is processed, the amount will be transferred to your bank account. Although no formal time limit has been provided by the EPFO, the money usually gets credited within 15-20 days.

EPF Withdrawal: News Update (1st June 2021)
EPFO allows members to withdraw money from EPF Account twice to meet COVID-19 EmergencyThe labour ministry has announced that EPF members can now withdraw twice from their EPF account to meet the emergency expenses arising due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Members can avail a non-refundable withdrawal of up to 75% of the amount available in their EPF account or 3 months of their basic wages and dearness allowance, whichever is lower. Furthermore, EPFO is set to settle these withdrawal claims within 3 days and has also created an auto-claim settlement process for members whose KYC is complete in all respects.

How to Transfer EPF Online?

Step 1: Log in to the EPFO members’ portal using your UAN and password

Step 2: Go to the ‘Online Services’ tab on the main menu of the home page and select ‘Transfer Request’ to generate an online transfer request

Step 3: A new dashboard displaying all your personal details will be shown. Verify all of that like DOB, EPF and date of joining, etc. so as to claim the process

Step 4: Once you verify, go to Step 1, select the option of previous or present employer and then provide the details of the previous employer through which you want to claim

Step 5: Submit the details, an OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number. You need to authenticate your identity by entering the OTP, then only the request will be submitted and an online filled-in form will be generated. You need to sign the form and send it to your present or previous employer

Step 6: The employer will also get an online notification about the EPF transfer request. EPFO Office will process the claim only after employer digitally forwards the claim to the EPFO after verifying your employment details

Post submission of the request, you can check the status of your EPF transfer claim under the ‘Track Claim Status’ menu, which is under the ‘Online Services’ menuHow to link your EPF account with Aadhaar online?

You can easily link your Aadhaar to your EPF account online. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Visit EPFO member portal and login using your credentials

Step 2: Go to the ‘Manage’ option from the menu bar

Step 3: From the drop-down list, select ‘KYC’ option

Step 4: Select ‘Aadhaar’ from the list of documents

Step 5: Enter your Aadhaar Number and Name as per Aadhaar

Step 6: Save and proceed

Step 7: Your Aadhaar data will be verified with UIDAI’s data

On successful approval, your Aadhaar will be linked with your EPF account and you can see the Verified status written against your Aadhaar details.EPF Tax Rules

EPF deposits and interest was completely exempt from tax until the year 2020. However, in Budget 2021, the government has announced that if the deposits in EPF and VPF (Voluntary Provident Fund) exceeds Rs. 2.5 Lakh in a financial year, then the interest earned on the contributions above Rs. 2.5 Lakh will be taxable.

In case no contribution is made to the EPF account by the employer, then interest component will be exempt up to the deposit of Rs. 5 Lakh in the said financial year.EPF Customer Care

In case of any doubts or discrepancies, please contact the customer care line of EPFO:

Helpdesk- 1800118005 (Toll Free)

Head Office:

Bhavishya Nidhi Bhawan,
14, Bhikaji Cama Place,
New Delhi- 110066

Lodging EPF Grievances

The EPFO also provides for a grievance system which enables members to register their complaints.

  • The members may lodge their complaints by clicking on the ‘Register Grievance’ tab at EPFiGMS.gov.in.
  • Members have to fill in all the relevant details pertaining to their account along with the description of the grievance that they have been facing
  • Relevant files related to the grievance being faced can be uploaded on the site
  • The member may also track the status of the grievance by clicking on the ‘View Status’ tab.

EPF on Umang App

Mobile users can avail services provided by the EPF through the Umang app. The portal has five separate sections:

EPF Services on Umang App
Employee Centric ServicesView PassbookRaise ClaimsTrack ClaimsGet Remittance Details by Establishment IDGet TRRN Status
EPF General ServicesSearch EstablishmentSearch EPFO OfficeKnow your claim statusAccount Details on SMSAccount Details on Missed Call
Pensioner ServicesView PassbookUpdate Jeevan Pramaan
eKYC ServicesAadhaar Seeding

Benefits of EPF Scheme

EPF scheme is among one of the largest and biggest saving schemes available to Indian employees. The key benefits of the scheme are mentioned below:

Long-Term Financial Security: Funds deposited in this account cannot be withdrawn easily and hence, helps in ensuring savings.

Retirement Period: The accumulated fund under this scheme may be used at the time of retirement of the employee. This provides relief to the retired employee in the form of monetary security.

Unseen circumstances: The accumulated fund can be used by the employee in case of any kind of emergency. The employee may choose to withdraw his/her fund prematurely. The scheme provides for such pre-term withdrawals in certain special cases.

Unemployment/Income Loss: In case, where the employee loses his/her current job owing to any reason, then these funds may be used to meet expenses.

Resignation/Quitting of Job: The employee post-resignation is free to withdraw his/her 75% of the EPF fund after one month of the date of having quit the job and remaining 25% after 2 months of unemployment.

Death: In case of death of the employee, the collected amount along with the interest is given to the employee’s nominee thus helping the family tide through difficult times.

Disability of the employee: If the employee is no longer in the position to work then he/she may use these funds to help him/her get over the difficult time.

Lay-off: In cases of sudden layoffs or retrenchment from the job, this fund may be used by the employee until the time he/she gets another suitable job.

Pension Scheme: The employer not only contributes towards the PF fund but also makes the necessary contributions towards the employee’s pension which can be later used by the employee post-retirement.

Insurance Scheme: The act also provides for certain provisions whereby, the employer is required to make certain contributions towards an employee’s life insurance where group insurance cover is not present. This scheme ensures that the employees are properly insured.

Accessible All Over: With the help of the Universal Account Number (UAN), employees can easily get access to their PF account via the EPF member portal. They can transfer their accounts whenever they make a shift in their current jobs.FAQs

I have withdrawn a part of my EPF corpus. Will I continue getting interest on the withdrawn amount as well?

No, You will not get interest on the withdrawn amount. However, the amount remaining in the EPF account will continue earning interest.

How is UAN assigned?

When you join a company having more than 20 employees, you become entitled to EPF benefits. EPFO allots a unique 12-digit permanent number known as Universal Account Number (UAN) to the member. All PF accounts of a member are linked with his UAN. In case you want to avail online services through the EPF portal, you have to link your UAN with Aadhaar and PAN.

Will I have to activate my UAN for transferring PF online?

You have to activate UAN by registering at the EPF member portal before you can process claims or withdraw funds online. You can do it easily by visiting the EPF member portal.

I have switched my job. Should I get a new UAN?

No, the UAN allotted to a member remains the same throughout the service period. A new PF account will be opened by the new employer which will be linked to the UAN of the member.

I have switched my company. Should I withdraw EPF corpus or transfer my fund?

It is recommended that you transfer your fund from the old PF account to a new one. If you withdraw the amount before 5 years of service, the withdrawn amount is taxable and should be mentioned under income from other sources while filing ITR.

I am currently unemployed and need funds. Can I withdraw my EPF corpus?

Yes, you can withdraw 75% of your EPF corpus after one month of unemployment. In case you remain unemployed for 2 consecutive months, you can withdraw the remaining 25% of the fund.

Is it still mandatory for members to link Aadhaar with EPF to avail online services? If not, is there a way to delink Aadhaar with UAN?

As per the recent circular released by the EPFO, UIADI has clarified that EPFO can continue to avail Aadhaar based authentication services for EPF schemes. So, in a way, you can not avail your EPF online services in case you delink your Aadhaar with UAN, as for now.

The circular also goes on to say that if a member visits the EPFO office for an offline claim using Aadhaar KYC, the PRO will facilitate Aadhaar seeding facility on the spot in order to make the EPF claim online.

Further, employees with their Aadhaar seeded with the UAN may not be allowed to raise offline claims from now on.

Are both the employee’s and employer’s contributions to my EPF account tax-exempt?

Contributions made to the EPF are tax exempt, however, the tax calculations are different. The employer’s contribution to the EPF account is not considered as part of your taxable income. So the employer’s contribution is tax-exempt at its source.

Whereas, the employee’s contribution is counted as part of his/her taxable income. However, the employee’s contribution is tax deductible under section 80C upto a maximum of Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum. So an employee’s contribution towards the EPF account is eligible to for tax-exemption but only under section 80C.

Also, in case you withdraw your EPF fund before 5 years of contributions, then both employee’s, as well as employer’s share, become taxable.

How much percentage is EPF deduction from salary?

12% of the employee’s salary goes towards contribution to Provident Fund. Also, Employee State Insurance Corporation(ESIC) is deducted on gross salary which is 1.75% from the employee contribution & 4.75% from the employer contribution.

How much EPF amount can be withdrawn?

EPF can be withdrawn only at the time of retirement or in case of unemployment and certain emergencies. Full withdrawal can be done after retirement or unemployment for two months. As per the new rule, EPFO allows withdrawal of 75% of the EPF corpus after 1 month of unemployment. The remaining 25% can be transferred to a new EPF account after gaining new employment.

What If someone dies a natural death or due to health related issues. Will any of his/her family member get the EPF amount?

In case, if the EPF subscriber expires, the nominee or the legal heir or the guardian in case of a minor can get the EPF amount. For that he needs to go claim the EPF money by submitting all required documents like Death Certificate and EPF Composite Form. Guardian Certificate is also required if it is claimed by a guardian of a minor other than natural guardian.

How to withdraw Employee Provident Fund?

You need to have an activated UAN and registered mobile number for withdrawal. Assuming that you have these prerequisites, go to EPF Member’s Portal and log in using UAN. Do check if your documents are verified as KYC in the ‘Manage’ section. Go to ‘Online Services’ and click on ‘Claim’ from the drop-down menu which displays all your personal details. Then, click on ‘Proceed for Online Claim’ to claim your withdrawal and select the claim you want to make under ‘I want to apply for’ like EPF Settlement or EPF Partial Withdrawal.

How to claim Employee Provident Fund?

As explained above, one needs to go to EPF Member’s Portal or e-SEWA Portal to login using UAN and go to ‘Online Services’ to claim and withdraw the fund.EPF Latest News

Aadhaar Seeding Mandatory for all EPF Accounts- June 1, 2021

As on 1st June 2021, EPFO has announced that Aadhaar Seeding is mandatory for all EPF accounts. Employers have been directed that ECR (Electronic Challan cum Return) is allowed only for accounts where the employee’s Aadhaar is seeded. This means if your Aadhaar is not linked to your EPF account, the employer’s contribution will not get credited to your EPF account. This decision has been taken under Section 142 of the Social Security Code 2020.

EPF interest rate retained at 8.50% for FY 2020-21 – Announced on March 4th, 2021

EPFO, on March 4th, 2021, announced the EPF rate of interest at 8.50%, keeping it the same as of the previous year 2019-20. In 2019-18, members of EPFO earned an 8.65% of interest on their contributions towards the government saving scheme.
This year, this rate of 8.50% shall benefit 6 crore subscribers.

Important: To receive EPF interest, subscribers should make sure that there KYC details are updated and correct as per their PAN and bank records. Due to KYC mismatch, the interest payment of approximately 40 lakh subscribers for the financial year 2019-20 was delayed.

Budget 2021 – EPF contributions of more than Rs. 2.5 lakh to be taxed

In the Budget proposed on 1st February 2021, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces that contributions above Rs. 2.5 lakh per annum towards EPF would now be taxed.  This will be effective from 1st April 2021, i.e. the new financial year.The reason stated behind this new development is to better organize the tax exemption availed by those who fall in the high-income groups.

Revised EPF Interest Rate for 2019-20: Lowered by 0.15%

The Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar announced the new interest rates for EPF on 3rd March 2020. The interest rate for the scheme has been revised and lowered by 0.15% for the current financial year. For 2019-20, the interest rate is 8.50% which is reduced from the earlier 8.65 per cent.

“The EPFO has decided to provide 8.5 per cent interest rate on EPF deposits for 2019-20 in the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) meeting held today”, states Gangwar.

In contrast to the constant demands from workers about hike in EPF interest rates, the directors released the new percentage which will give lower interest on the fund deposits by salaried employees. The economic slowdown and its negative impact on debt market instruments including government securities and FDs can be a major reason for the drop in EPF interest rates for the financial year 2019-20. The retirement body of India invests 15% in equity and 85% in debt instruments implying that the fall in debt investments would have hampered its income in 2019-20.

Earlier in the year of 2016-17 and 2018-19, the EPFO has given 8.65% rate of interest to the subscribers. And, it was 8.8% in 2015-16.

Rs. 54,000 Cr to be Distributed as Interest to 6 Cr EPF Accounts

Labour Ministry notified the interest rate on Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to be 8.65% for the year 2018-19. Corresponding to this, the interest for the year will be credited to the accounts of around 6 Crore subscribers for EPFO. The total amount to be credited to these subscribers will be equal to Rs.54,000 Crore.

The withdrawal claims of EPF for the given year will not be settled at the interest rate of 8.55%; but rather at the higher rate of 8.65%. The revised interest rates have been effective from February 22, 2019.

Subscribers can check their PF status online via the following mediums-

  1. EPFO website (www.epfindia.gov.in)
  2. Umang Application (Download the application from App store/Play store)
  3. Missed Call (Number- 011-22901406)
  4. SMS Service (SMS EPFOHO <UAN><LAN> to 7738299899)

However, it must be noted that only the users who have registered on UAN member portal and have activated their UAN number can check their balance through the online platforms.

Aadhaar Card Necessary for EPF Account Nominees

According to the new rules released by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), submitted the Aadhaar card number of the nominee is mandatory for e-nomination of your provident fund account. The newly established e-nomination function on EPFO which not just requires the subscribes to link their Aadhaar card with the account but also mandates the submission of Aadhaar card number of the nominee.
Apart from the Aadhaar card number, scanned images, Date of Birth and mobile number are some of the important details of the nominee/s which requires to be provided duly. However, the submission of bank details of the nominee remains optional.

Employees Provident Fund Act Latest Amendments 2019

The government is planning to make amendments in EPF as it has prepared a draft bill that allows employees to switch money from EPF (Employee Provident Fund) to NPS (National Pension Scheme). Another proposal is to replace the existing definition of ‘wage’ (in the EPF Act) with a new one as mentioned in the Code of Wages, 2019. The new definition of wages is likely to impact the EPF contribution of those employees whose basic salary is currently less than Rs 15,000.

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