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PF Money: Step-by-step guide to withdraw EPF balance citing coronavirus

EPFO has made a change in its EPF rule to allow subscribers non-refundable withdrawal of PF money. EPFO subscribers will be allowed to withdraw 75 per cent of PF balance or three months' wages, whichever is lower. EPF account holders can claim for 'advance' withdrawal via EPFO's unified portal -- unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in. Here's a step-by-step guide to withdraw EPF money citing COVID-19 outbreak.

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New Delhi Updated on: March 30, 2020 14:51 IST
PF Money: Step-by-step guide to withdraw EPF balance citing
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PF Money: Step-by-step guide to withdraw EPF balance citing coronavirus

EPFO Alert! Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) on March 26 announced changes in EPF Rules to allow advance non-refundable withdrawal of PF money in wake of the situation arising from coronavirus outbreak. The EPFO in its order said that employees would be allowed to withdraw 75% of his fund or three months salary (whichever is lower) as advance from the provident fund account after one month of unemployment and keep its account with the EPFO active. 

EPFO has an active subscriber’s base of over 55 million and manages a corpus of over 10.5 trillion. Earlier, the advance withdrawal of PF money was allowed in cases like purchase/construction of the house, repayment of a loan, non-receipt of the wage for two months, the marriage of self/daughter/son/brother, for medical treatment of family members among others. 

To withdraw PF money online, you must have an active Universal Account Number (UAN) and the mobile number used for activating the UAN number should be in working condition. 

Here's a step-by-step guide to withdraw EPF money citing COVID-19 outbreak

Here are the steps to initiate an EPF claim online citing coronavirus pandemic as the reason:

Step 1: Login to the EPFO portal - unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in using UAN and password

Step 2: Go to 'online services' and select 'claim' section

Step 3: Verify the bank account number

Step 4: Upload a scanned copy of a cheque or the passbook

Step 5: You will be asked a reason for submitting the advance. Select 'outbreak of pandemic' as the reason

Step 6: Generate an Aadhaar-based OTP. Once the claim is processed, it will be forwarded to the employer for approval. 

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