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Government Awareness

Good To Know : How To Check Whether Your Employer Is Depositing Your PF Money ?

Pavan Manikanta Kumar

August 24th, 2016


Provident Fund(PF) amount is an important part of the remuneration structure of any salaried employee. Every month the employer deducts 12% of the basic salary+DA of each employee, adds some amount from the company side for each employee and deposits the total pf amount in Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) account. After this, the money is deposited into individual employees EPFO accounts

There are many instances where the companies deduct contribution towards PF from their employee’s salary but do not deposit with their EPF trust or with EPFO. Most of the employees are not aware of rules and regulations which guide the PF scheme. Employers use this lack of understanding to their advantage.

Employee’s Provident Fund, in the year 2013, introduced an online enquiry platform to check the fund balance. The idea was to give employees quick access to information related to their PF accounts.

Before the introduction of this service, finding out EPF balance was not an easy task. One had to physically visit the local EPF office and fill paper forms to avail information. Now it is much easier.

EPFO says if a company is found to be non-compliant with its PF deposits, it will not only have to pay the dues but also pay an interest penalty on the same, depending on the number of days of delayed payment.

  • If two months and above but less than four months, 10 per cent a year
  • If four months and above but less than six months, 15 per cent a year
  • If six months and above,  25 per cent a year

Ways To Check Whether Your Employer Is Depositing Your PF Amount.

Method 1: E-passbook

E-passbook is an online version of the PF status book, where employee’s PF status and transactions are recorded. The Records can be tracked monthly. All the transactions made in the account are displayed.

  • You can download the E-passbook in PDF format multiple times in a month and check the transactions.

Method 2: Universal Account Number(UAN)

UAN stands for Universal Account Number to be allotted by EPFO.

  • UAN links multiple Member Identification Numbers (Member Id) allotted to a single member under single Universal Account Number.
  • The employee will receive an SMS alert from the EPFO, whenever your employer deposits PF amount.

Method 3: EPFO Website

One can easily use EPFO website to verify if one’s EPF money is being regularly deposited.

  • Please note that you can’t find the exact money deposited on your behalf here as the money shown is the total for all employees in the company. But you will get the names of the employees for whom the employer deposited the PF amount.
  • This data is available only for companies who are submitting the EPF money using the E-Challan and Receipt (ECR) facility. To check this, please go to Establishment Information Search
  • Check your EPF balance status at

Method 4: SMS or Missed Call

For this, you will need to have an activated UAN. In case you have a valid UAN, your mobile number too will be registered with the EPF department.

  • Giving a simple missed call to 011-22901406 will ensure that you receive an SMS that lists down your PF number, age, and name as per the EPF records.
  • However, you will require your UAN along with Aadhar Number or PAN Number to know your EPF balance.

Registering Your Grievances Against Your Employer.

In case your establishment has not contributed into your provident funds or committed a default on the payment you can file an online complaint. You need to fill an online form and provide details of your establishments and other particulars of your complaint. Members can also check the status of their registered complaints and send the reminder on their grievances to the EPFO. You can do the following:

  • File a written criminal complaint against your employer at the police station which comes under the jurisdiction of your employer.
  • You can write an email to [email protected]
  • File a written complaint against your employer in EPFO office.
  • You can also file an RTI with the EPFO by mentioning your PF number in it.
  • Also, you can file the complaint through EPFO Grievance Portal.

“Your Ignorance is their POWER”

Disclaimer: *This information is subject to periodic government policy/process change. Kindly contact the concerned department to cross check for recent updates, if any.


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