EPFO allows firms to file PF returns without simultaneous payment of dues

Currently, the employers are required to file provident fund (PF) returns and make payment of dues simultaneously.

EPFO allows firms to file PF returns without simultaneous payment of dues

New Delhi: Retirement fund body  Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allowed employers to file monthly PF returns without making simultaneous payment of dues as businesses and enterprises are not able to function normally and are facing liquidity / cash crunch to pay their statutory dues due to lockdown.

An official release said that to further ease the "compliance procedure under EPF & MP Act, 1952, the filing of monthly Electronic-Challan cum Return (ECR) is separated from Payment of the statutory contributions reported in the ECR."

The ECR can now onwards be filed by an employer without the need of simultaneous payment of contributions and contributions may be paid later by the employer after filing the ECR.

Currently, the employers are required to file provident fund (PF) returns and make payment of dues simultaneously.

Filing of ECR by the employer in time is indicative of employer’s intent to comply will not therefore attract penal consequences if the dues are paid within the extended time as announced by the Government. 

Filing of ECR in time shall help in credit of employer’s and employee’s share of contributions, totaling 24% of wages by Central Govt. in EPF accounts of low wage earners in establishments eligible under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana package.

The current ECR data shall also help in policy planning and decisions making for further relief to the businesses and EPF members adversely impacted by the Pandemic.