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  • How to Check Your PF Status Online

    Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

    The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation administers three schemes, namely, the Employees' Provident Fund Scheme, 1952, Employees' Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976 and Employees' Pension Scheme, 1995. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation is currently one of the biggest social security organisations in the world by virtue of its volume of transactions.

    Employees' Provident Fund Scheme, 1952

    One of the primary savings schemes for people working in government, public or private sector organisations in India, the employee provident fund provides financial security in your twilight years. Under the scheme, 12% of your basic, dearness allowance in addition to the cash value of your food allowances forms part of contributions to your EPF account. The EPF interest rate of India ranging from 8 to 12 % is decided by the central government and Central Board of trustees.

    Checking your EPF Balance Online

    The facility of checking EPF balance online was launched in August 2011. You can view your updates accounts including any settlement/transfer-in/transfer-out. Upon submission of the required information by you (account holder), EPFO will send the details via an SMS to the registered mobile number. You can also avail of the establishment search facility (data is available for 120 offices).

    You can log onto http://members.epfoservices.in/ to view the EPFO office in your state. You can also search for your establishments under old Office Code, under Office and PIN code. Upon selecting your area, you will directed to a page wherein you have to fill in required details such as Employee PF Account Number, name (as appears in EPF Slip) and your mobile number to receive your account balance information. The total number of requests served on the website as on October 2015 is 9881235. The following steps need to be followed for checking your PF account or provident fund status online

    • Get your PF number 

    PF number is an alpha-numeric number (first two letters represent the regional office). For example, if your PF number is DL/54321/8967, you should choose DL as your regional office code.

    You should check if your PF is in the new or old format in that EPFO revised the establishment code for employers last year. All the same, you may find that your employer is showing the old code on your payslips.

    • Select EPFO Office Code 

    Log onto the EPFO website, select your state and EPFO office code. The following table shows details related to the Kerala in the establishment information search.

    Old Region Code

    Estt Code


    EPFO Office

















    • Select PF details 

    You need to fill in the following details

    Establishment Code (7 digit)

    Extension Code (if any)

    PF Account Number

    Enter your name as per your salary slip. Fill in the tab for mobile number.

    After entering the aforementioned details, click the ‘agree’ button and submit the information.

    • SMS from EPFO 

    After successful submission of the required details on the website, you will receive an SMS from EPFO in five minutes. Details of your account number and balance amount as on the date mentioned in the SMS which will sent.


    You can also download your epassbook which has details of your transactions (month-wise) in your PF account.

    Inoperative Account

    If your receive a message that your account is operative, you have to send a request to the EPFO inoperative account help desk at


    If you wish to lodge a complaint online, you may do so by filling up a grievance registration form (online) in addition to providing details of your EPF account. You can also regularly check the current status of your complaints at http://epfigms.gov.in. You can also send reminders of your complaint.

    SMS EPF balance check facility

    EPFO also offers the EPF Mobile App, an SMS-based service. However, this facility is only available for those who have an UAN Account Number and registered mobile numbers. To avail of this facility, you have to only send an SMS from your UAN registered mobile to 7738299899. EPFO provides this option in 10 languages, namely, English, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati and Bengali. After you send an SMS to the said number, you will receive your account details including information related to the last contribution, KYC and EPF balance. It is important to note that if your PAN, Aadhaar and bank account were approved digitally and provided by your employer, you may not receive the said message. If you do not receive the SMS, you should consult your employer. You can also call the EPFO (toll free) helpline 1800118005 to resolve any queries or receive information on your account.

    News About PF Status Online

    • EPFO encourages PF members to consolidate their accounts.

      The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has launched various tools to help PF members to consolidate all their existing accounts into one account. This single account can be conveniently managed online by subscribers. This initiative named “One Employee-One EPF Account” was launched on May 1st, 2016, with a Universal Account Number (UAN) activated with the subscriber’s mobile number and current ID. Members will have to validate their credentials after which the EPFO will allow the member to register all previous PF accounts. Employers can get the Universal Account Number (UAN) from new employees along with bank account details and PAN card details, while doing KYC procedures.

      24th May 2016

    • Central Government Proposes to bring amendments in EPF Act

      Union Labour Minister Mr.Bandu Dattatreya said that the Ministry has been working to ensure “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas”. He also noted that the Centre is increasing the quantum of financial assistance being offered under rehabilitation scheme from Rs. 20, 000 to Rs. 3 lakhs. Also, the EPF interest rate has been set at 8.8 per cent this year and all EPF investors will be given a UAN (Universal Account Number) to get complete details about EPF on their mobile phones. Also, there are about three crore EPF accounts which will all be revived next year.

      5th May 2016

    • Government under fire from trade unions for EPF blunders

      Trade Unions all over the country are going on strike to protest the decision by the Finance Ministry to lower the EPF Interest Rate.

      The EPF is a government scheme that was implemented to enable the working middle class of India to save for their retirement.

      Earlier this year, the government announced its intention to block a portion of withdrawals from the EPF scheme, which the people had rightfully earned and saved for years as per government directives.

      After agitation and protests by trade unions and labourers alike, the government decided to repeal that clause, and has now instead decided to lower the EPF interest rate to 8.7% from 8.8%.

      This move has been called undemocratic, and even a scam by financial and labour experts.

      Moves such as this are calling into question other government savings schemes like PPF, small savings accounts, etc. on which the government has total control over interest rates, etc.

      4th May 2016

    • Withdrawal norms on PF put on hold post protests

      Amidst increasing pressure from various quarters including unions and workers, the government has deferred the move to restrict withdrawal of corpus from PF for another three months. Labour unions in various parts of the country has protested against the move along with online campaigns being launched against this. There was a massive protest that turned violent in Bengaluru by garment factory workers. Bandaru Dattatreya, the labour minister said that a meeting of the central Board of Trustees would be called to discuss this issue further.

      Allowing withdrawal of corpus by EPFO subscribers for reasons such as healthcare, purchase of houses, marriage and education of children is being considered and has been referred to the Law Ministry for further clearance. The ministry had issued a notification in February restricting the complete withdrawal of PF corpus by subscribers after unemployment of more than 60 days. After concerns were raised regarding this, the implementation was deferred. The new proposal allows subscribers who are members of a government organization or an old age pension scheme or contributory provident fund to withdraw the accumulation.

      It has also been stipulated that the unemployment period of more than 60 days is not applicable to women resigning in cases of pregnancy or for the purpose of marriage. The previous ruling allowed subscribers to withdraw 90 percent of their savings when turn 55 years old.

      25th April 2016

    • Central government circular on PF deposits draws flak from senior citizens

      A recent circular from the Centre stating that inactive provident fund deposits would be transferred to a fund for senior citizens has drawn flak from a portion of the community. The new circular aims to utilise funds which have been inactive for over 7 years, using it to benefit the senior citizen community. Members protesting this decision termed it as unethical and illegal.

      7th April 2016

    • PF accounts will now be portable?

      In order to make provident fund accounts from portable, the government has urged factory inspectors to ensure to link Aadhaar or PAN of workers with the Universal Account Numbers (UAN) that is assigned to their provident fund accounts. Doing this activity, workers can transfer their provident fund deposits if and when they switch jobs all over the country. But the catch that lies here is, the UAN with the bank accounts have to mandatorily linked to either the Aadhaar or PAN details. So far there is only 17% of the 6.36 crore UAN accounts, have have been made portable.

      16th March 2016

    • Provident Benefits May Be Available to Contract Employee's as Well

      The Indian government has come up with the decision to have stricter laws for large employers who are relying on contract workers which allows them to pay these workers their statutory dues such as employees’ provident fund contribution. As an initiative for this, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EFPO) has requested public sector firms to upload their websites the details of project contracts awarded to various agencies to make sure contract workers get provident fund benefits.

      A similar directive is expected to be sent soon to 4,700 private companies employing over 1,000 workers each.

      15th March 2016

    • Working Class in Relief as Tax on 60% EPF Withdrawal Rolled Back by Modi Government

      The working class of India has some relief after Arun Jaitley, the country’s Union Finance Minister made amendments to the budget proposal and now aims to tax 60% of EPF withdrawal on retirement. Narendra Modi, the nation’s Prime Minister made an intervention in the Lok Sabha recently and Jaitley, amidst protest from trade unions and opposition parties said that the intention behind the proposal was to urge working class individuals in the private sector to join the NPS. However, the tax NPS tax proposal was retained and Jaitley revealed that paragraph 138 as well as paragraph 139 of the budget speech associated with tax on EPF have been withdrawn.

      10th March 2016

    • Government will Announce the categories of employees Who EPF tax exempted

      The government will be announcing the categories of employees who will be exempted from the controversial tax proposal on EPF withdrawals, according to an official’s report from the Finance Ministry today.

      Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley has proposed his Budget for 2016-17 with taxing 60% from the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) on the contributions that are to be made after April 1, with the exception that the sum is reinvested in pension products such as an annuity plan.

      The official was heard saying in the statement, "We have put an excluded employees category in the Finance Bill 2016. The government will notify the excluded category of employees to whom this new regime will not apply”.

      The excluded employees would generally be people who are drawing statutory wages of up to Rs 15,000 every month.

      9th March 2016

    • Rollback of EPF tax proposal announced

      Mr. Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister who proposed taxing EPF withdrawals in his recent budget gave in to pressure from the public to rollback this highly controversial proposal. The initial proposal to tax 60% of the corpus on withdrawal drew flak from salaried members across the country, as the tax would’ve eaten into a chunk of their savings. This decision to roll back the tax came as a big relief, with people lauding it. The Finance Minister, however made no changes to existing tax norms under the NPS.

      8th March 2016

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