EPFO issues FAQs on EPF advance to fight COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 10, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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Labour Compliance

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on April 04, 2020, issues frequently asked questions on EPF advance to fight Covid-19 pandemic.

The FAQs are as under:

1. Who is eligible for the advance from EPF to fight COVID-19 Pandemic?

2. Under which provision of the EPF Scheme, 1952, a member is entitled for benefit?

3. What is the new beneficial provision?

4. How can I know whether establishment/factory in which I am employed is in an area declared to be affected by COVID-19 pandemic?

5. Is EPF member required to produce any certificate or document for availing this advance?

6. How much money can I get from my EPF account under this new provision to fight COVID-19 and do I have to refund it?

7. Please illustrate the calculation of benefits

8. How can I claim this amount? Do I need to submit claim form to EPFO Office?

9. Where and how can I file Online Claim?

10. Can I file claim through my mobile phone?

11. Can an employee working in an exempted establishment get the advance to fight COVID-19 pandemic from PF Trust?

12. I availed advance recently for illness. Can I avail advance to fight COVID-19 pandemic?

13. What is income tax rate for advance to fight COVID-19 pandemic?

14. I have already applied advance for a different purpose and requested a lower amount. I do not want to avail this advance now and would like to prefer claim for advance to fight COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is not permitted by the portal. What should I do?

15. How long will it take for credit of amount in my bank account after submission of claim for advance to fight COVID-19 pandemic?

16. KYC is not complete for my EPF account and hence I am unable to file this claim.

17. Is it necessary to apply for 75% of PF balance under this provision?

18. I have applied for availing advance under ‘Natural Calamity’ purpose. Will this be treated as advance to fight COVID-19 pandemic?

19. Will EPFO process advance to fight COVID-19 pandemic despite lockdown?

20. I have not left my job. Can I withdraw PF to fight COVID-19?


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