EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) is a government saving scheme by the EPFO. As an employee, if your monthly income is less or equal to Rs. 15,000, then opening an EPF account is mandatory. You can make EPF balance enquiry for past organizations as well as that from the current employer. A prerequisite to check PF balance is to have an activated Universal Account Number (UAN). It can take at least 24 hours for your EPF balance to get updated and reflect in your PF account.
In this post we will discuss about ways to check EPF balance online and offline through methods such through the EPFO portal, an SMS, a missed call, on UMANG app, and for inoperative account and exempted organization, and frequently asked questions.
You can make an EPF balance enquiry online through the EPFO portal, SMS, missed call, and Umang App. You can also make EPF balance enquiry for inoperative accounts and exempted establishments or private firms. Below mentioned are the detailed steps for each of these options.
If as an employee you have an activated Universal Account Number (UAN), then you can enquire for your EPF balance on the EPFO portal. Here are the steps for the same:
If you wish to check PF balance offline, then you can do so by sending as SMS. For this purpose, you should have completed the KYC process for your UAN number. It means you should have the UAN number linked to your Aadhaar, PAN, and bank details.
To enquire for EPF Balance through missed call, you should have an activated Universal Account Number. Your KYC for UAN should also be completed beforehand.
You need to download UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) App. This mobile application was launched by the Indian government in 2018. Several government services are available on this application. You can make EPF balance enquiry online on this app besides raising EPF claims and tracking the same. But to avail these facilities, you need to do a one-time registration using the mobile number that you have registered with the UAN.
Inactive or inoperative EPF accounts are the ones where no contributions have been made in the last 36 months. But you can still view the balance in such accounts by following the below given steps.
The contribution of EPF goes towards the company managed trusts and not the EPFO organization for an exempted establishment or private trust. The PF balance in this case is revealed by the company managed trust to the employee. There is no passbook facility for EPF for members of exempted establishments. Also, there is no specific method to check the PF balance following any of the above given steps. As per the Employee Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, particular employers are allowed to handle their own PF schemes for employees.
Some of the exempted establishments include HDFC, TCS, Godrej, Infosys, Nestle, etc. These are basically large organizations that have an in-house EPF trust, and also exempted from EPF contribution set up by the EPFO. These companies can manage their own EPF corpus trusts, but the same could provide higher returns than the EPFO-managed fund. The EPF contribution rules are however applicable to these organizations as well.
Here are the ways you can check PF balance for exempted establishments:
Here are FAQs on EPF balance check online and offline:
It is possible to transfer the PF balance to your bank account by logging into the EPFO portal. You can login to the account with your UAN number and password.
You can enquire for EPF balance of all the past organizations from the EPFO portal. After login to the portal, select the member ID of company you wish to check the balance. The same can be checked through the UMANG app.
To make an EPF balance enquiry through missed called on 011-22901406, you must give the call from your registered mobile number. Also, you should have an activated UAN number.
If you have an active UAN, then you can check offline and online EPF balance. You can use the UAN to check the PF balance on EPFO portal. You can also verify the same via an SMS to 7738299899. The format for the SMS is ‘EPFOHO *UAN* *Lang*’.
You can check the PF balance, but for this, you will need an activated UAN number. If you do not have one, then go to the EPF office, submit a grievance redressal form, and complete the KYC process. The authorities will then provide you with the details of EPF account.
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