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Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF) is a retirement saving scheme available to all salaried individuals. It is a savings platform that allow employees to save a portion of their salary each month and use it in case they are rendered unfit to work or at the time of retirement. Employees can also place a request for the final settlement of the EPFaccount after having left the job. An individual who wishes to do so i.e. withdraw funds for final settlement, is required to fill up and submit Form 19. Form 19 can be used for i) PF final settlement, ii) pension withdrawal benefits or iii) PF non-refundable advance. While the first two options can be selected during the time of termination of service by retirement or otherwise, the third option can be used during service, provided certain terms and conditions are fulfilled.
The contents of EPF Form 19 are as follows:
Put a ‘Tick’ against the one opted
(a) By Postal Money Order at my cost OR
(b) By Account Payee Cheque/ Electronic Mode of payment
(Please attach a copy of cancelled Cheque/Attested copy of first page of Pass Book)
After an individual has left his or her job, the member can either settle the PF account or request that it be transferred to a new EPF account in the new organization. If the individual would like to make a final settlement, he or she can complete and submit EPF Form 19. The online mode to fill the form is as follows:
Step 1 - Login to UAN account at the EPF Member Portal.
Step 2 - Select “Claim (Form – 31, 19 & 10C)” under the “Online Services” section.
Step 3 - Enter the last 4 digits of the bank account that has been linked and press on “Verify”.
Step 4 - Select “Yes” for signing the “Certificate of Undertaking”.
Step 5 - From the drop-down menu in the “I want to apply for” section, choose the option “Only PF Withdrawal (Form-19)”.
Step 6 - Mention complete address. Tick the disclaimer and press on “Get Aadhaar OTP” button.
Step 7 - An OTP shall be sent to the number that is registered with the UIDAI.
Step 8 - This OTP has to be entered in the space provided. Once this is done, submit the application.
A reference number will get generated after the application is successfully submitted. The withdrawal amount will be deposited in the bank account that is linked to UAN in a few days.
A composite claim form serves the function of three forms - Form 19, Form 10C and Form 31. This form can be submitted at the local EPFO office without the attestation of any authority. Submitting a composite claim form can help with withdrawing funds offline.
An individual can use Form 19 to withdraw PF amount. He or she can place a request either at the time of retirement or while leaving the present job. Now, for the purpose of withdrawing the PF amount, one will need to satisfy two conditions. They are:
What is EPF Form 19?
EPF Form 19 is used to withdraw funds from the EPF account for final settlement.
If PF amount is not settled within twenty days, where can an individual report the matter?
The individual can approach the Regional P.F. Commissioner who is in charge of handling grievances. There is the facility of filing a complaint on the website using the EPFiGMS feature, which can be found under the section 'For Employees'.
When can EPF Form 19 be filed?
EPF Form 19 has to be submitted at least two months after leaving the service.
How to submit an application for withdrawing provident fund if the employer does not attest the claim form?
It is the responsibility of the employer to attest the application form. Should any dispute arise, the member may ask for attestation preferably from the bank in which he or she has an account with and thereafter handover the same to the Regional P.F. Commissioner, stating the reasons for not obtaining the employer's signature. The Regional P.F. Commissioner will look into the matter with the employer when necessary. In case the member has activated his or her UAN and linkedbank account and Aadhaar, then the individual can submit a composite claim (Aadhaar) that only require the member's signature.
Can EPF be withdrawn offline?
Yes, individuals can place a request to withdraw EPF offline.
Is it necessary to submit Form 15G/H for EPF withdrawal?
If an individual withdraws their EPF after 5 years of employment, then he or she is exempt from paying tax. To be exempted from paying tax for withdrawal of EPF before the 5-year period, Form 15G/H has to be submitted.
Is it possible to claim the EPF settlement amount through cheque?
Yes, one can claim EPF settlement amount via cheque. The individual will have to mention the EPF withdrawal amount and put his or her signature on it.