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    Who should file EPF Return?

    Employee Provident Fund or EPF Return must be filed every month by all the establishments having EPF Registration. Having an EPF Registration makes it mandatory to file the EPF Returns.

    Under the EPF scheme, both employer and employee contribute 12% of basic pay, throughout the tenure of the employment. Employer’s 3.67 percent is transferred into EPF account of employee. Rest 8.33 percent from employer’s side is diverted in Employees Pension Fund (EPF). This amount can be withdrawn by the employee
    – At the time of retirement (On or after 58 years of age)
    – If unemployed for two months of time
    – Death before the specified retirement age

    Steps to follow to book your EPF Return filing with TaxHelpdesk

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    Once your order is placed, TaxHelpdesk’s dedicated team for reviewing of documents will check the documents uploaded by you within 24 working hours. After reviewing documents, a Tax Expert will be assigned and your order will be processed. Apart from this, you also will be able to check the status of the order in your assigned account.

    Forms to be submitted by Employer under EPF Returns



    Form 5

    Registration form for new employees for Employee Pension Scheme and Employee Provident Fund

    Form 10

    Form to update details of employee leaving the organisation

    Form 3A

    Monthly contributions made by the employer and employee for Employee Pension Scheme and Employee Provident Fund

    Form 6A

    Consolidated annual contribution statement

    Form 12A

    Form for exemption from paying income tax on surplus income for non-profitable trusts

    Account Statement

    Annual accounts statements to be filed annually

    Procedure of filing of Employee Provident Fund Return

    epf return filing process

    Documents required for filing of EPF Return

    – Amount of contribution by employer in EPF
    – Amount of contribution by employee in EPF
    – ECR Challan copy
    – Details of UAN (KYC complied) of employees

    Penalty for delay in PF payment by employer

    Delay in payment of PF by employer having PF registration will attract penalty as follows:

    Period of Delay

    Rate of Penalty (p.a.)

    Up to 2 months


    2 – 4 months


    4 – 6 months


    Above 6 months



    The filing of returns has to be done by the 25th of each month through unified portal.

    ECR stands for Electronic Challan cum Return. It is an electronic monthly return to be uploaded by employers through the Employer e-Sewa portal. The approval of uploaded ECR will result in the generation of a Challan using which the employer has to remit the dues through online payment.

    The forms to be submitted for filing of EPF Returns are Form 3A and Form 6A.

    UAN is Universal Account Number, which is allotted by EPFO. It acts as an umbrella for the multiple member IDs allotted to an individual by different establishments.

    The EPFO has directed that EPF returns shall be allowed to be filed only for those members whose Aadhaar numbers are seeded and verified with the UAN, with effect from June 1, 2021. Therefore, aadhaar card becomes mandatory for filing of EPF Returns.

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