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  • Contribution more than 12% of Basic Salary Towards EPF

    Can an employee contribute more than 12% of basic salary towards EPF:

    Employees’ Provident Fund is a retirement investment plan that every salaried individual opts for. Employee usually contributes 12% of their basic pay and employer contributes 13.61% towards the Employee Provident Fund.

    If the employee wishes to contribute more than 12% of the basic pay, he or she can contribute more. Depending on the employee’s convenience, he or she can increase the contribution to 100%. But, it is not required by the employer to increase the contribution, it remains fixed.

    Benefits of having an EPF Account:

    The benefits of having an EPF account are as follows:

    • Money will be accumulated till your retirement, resignation or death. You will also earn interest on the accumulated amount and you will also be eligible for the bonus.
    • Partial withdrawal is allowed for meeting the expenses such as house construction higher education, marriage, illness, etc.
    • It is the most tax-friendly tool that helps you build retirement corpus.
    • If you withdraw the amount after working for 5 consecutive years, the amount will be totally exempt from tax under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act.
    • The rate of interest for the financial year 2015-2016 has been declared at 8.70%.
    • EPFO has decided to make all the payments to beneficiaries through the electronic modes.
    • You can avail the Life Insurance cover, EDLI under EPF.
    • To channelize the savings, SEBI and top stock exchanges have requested the new Central Government to allow a portion of the corpus in equities and mutual funds.
    • SEBI has also suggested to invest the Rs.5.5 lakh crore managed by EPFO in equities and mutual fund.
    • Bombay Stock Exchange has requested that the EPF money be assessed to both the primary and secondary markets.
    • The SEBI and BSE investment will generate higher returns for the retired.
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