Almost all salaried people contribute a certain percentage of their salary towards their Employee Provident Fund (EPF) account every month. While most of us know that EPF is an effective tool that helps generate a corpus for life post retirement, many of us are unaware that you can make a withdrawal from your EPF account for urgent cash requirements.
However, an EPF account cannot be treated like any other saving bank account implying that there are certain specified criteria under which withdrawal is permitted from an EPF account. An individual needs to furnish all relevant documents and satisfy the necessary requirements in order to be eligible for premature withdrawal of EPF.
Here are the categories and other details with respect to premature withdrawal from EPF.
|Reasons for Premature EPF Withdrawal|
|Reason||Requirement||Amount allowed to be withdrawn||No. of times permitted|
|Education or marriage|| ||50% of the total corpus amount till date||Permitted thrice only during a person’s total service tenure|
|Medical treatment|| ||6 times the monthly salary of an individual or the total corpus amount, whichever is lesser||Anytime|
|Purchase of a plot|| ||Up to 24 times the salary of the individual||Once during entire service tenure|
|Construction or purchase of a flat, house or plot|| ||36 times the monthly salary of the individual||Once during entire service tenure|
|Repayment of Home Loan|| ||36 times the monthly salary of the individual||Once during entire service tenure|
|Alteration or Renovation of house|| ||Up to 12 times the individual’s monthly salary||Once during entire service tenure|
|Pre-retirement|| ||90% of the total corpus amount||Once during entire service tenure|
Withdrawal from EPF after leaving an Organization
On switching jobs, an employee can apply for transfer of money from the EPF account through a form which is filled by the employee and attested by the designated authority at the employer.
Withdrawal of money from the account in between two jobs is illegal and is permissible only under the following two circumstances:
- When a member is in between two jobs
- If the member has been unable to find another job for over two months
Grievance related to withdrawal from EPF
There is a mechanism to address grievances of EPF members which comes under the Consumer Protection Act. To report a grievance, a member needs to:
- Log on to the website www.epfigms.gov.in
- Click Register Grievance
- Enter the details and information in the specified field.
All grievances related to the following subjects can be addressed to the grievance cell:
- Withdrawal or final settlement of EPF
- Scheme certificate
- Transfer of accumulated PF amount
- Issuance of PF balance or slip
- Return or misplacement of cheque
- Payment of insurance benefit
EPF is the corpus that helps build financial stability post retirement. It is, therefore, advisable to leave the amount undisturbed during employment tenure unless the circumstances are unavoidable.