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PF Withdrawal of Three Months Salary is more beneficial than EMI Moratorium?? Process of PF Withdraw

We know many are planning to arrange funds for investing into stock market considering its lowest valuation in the hope of good returns in future. Moreover, this may also be tough time for many as unfortunately many employers may resort to salary cuts or Job cuts. In this time, Government has decided to come in support of its citizens to allow NON-REFUNDABLE Advance from PF Account equivalent to Three months Basic Salary and Dearness Allowance or 75% of PF Balance which ever is less at Zero (0%) rate of interest. On the other hand as per instructions of RBI, Banks have allowed EMI Moratorium on Bank Loans and Credit Card Payments. Therefore, it may become tough choice between EMI Moratorium and PF Withdrawal. We will try to resolve this confusion with strong guiding points.

Comparison of PF Withdrawal with EMI Moratorium

Many would be thinking that PF Withdrawal has zero cost as it is provided by EPFO at zero rate of interest. But this is wrong conclusion as after withdrawal from PF, your PF Balance would get reduced so your interest income on PF Balance. It is also to be noted that interest income on PF is exempt for taxation purpose. For information of readers, Interest Rate on PF was announced at the rate of 8.50% for FY 2019-20.

So while taking decision between PF Withdrawal and EMI Moratorium, effective interest cost (net of tax) on various Loans with interest income on PF Balance is compared in below Table:

Process of Withdrawal of COVID-PF Advance

EPFO has made the process very easy to withdraw Non- Refundable PF Advance from your PF Account with clicks of button as listed below:

Requirement for Online Submission of Claim: If your UAN is validated with Aadhaar and KYC of Bank account and Mobile number is seeded in UAN.

Process for Online Withdrawal:

  1. Login to Member Interface of Unified Portal

  2. Go to Online Services>>Claim (Form-31,19,10C & 10D)

  3. Enter last 4 digits of your Bank Account and verify

  4. Click on “Proceed for Online Claim”

  5. Select PF Advance (Form 31) from the drop down

  6. Select purpose as “Outbreak of pandemic (COVID-19)” from the drop down

  7. Enter amount required and Upload scanned copy of cheque and enter your address

  8. Click on “Get Aadhaar OTP”

  9. Enter the OTP received on Aadhaar linked mobile.

  10. Claim is submitted

  11. Amount will be directly credited in your Bank Account.

Tax Treatment of COVID- PF Advance

Many may be confused that as it is withdrawal before completion of five years of service, it may be taxable. But as it is in the nature of Advance (though non refundable and similar to withdrawal only), there would not be any tax on this COVID-PF Advance.

Other Important Points on COVID-PF Advance

  1. Claims for advance to fight COVID-19 are being processed on priority considering exigency of the situation.

  2. These Rules are equally applicable to members of PF-Trust.

  3. Maximum Limit of Advance is 75% of PF balance or three months Basic Salary along with Dearness Allowance which ever is lower.

  4. No certificate or documents are to be submitted by member or his/her employer for availing the benefit.


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