EPF Calculator with 2016 withdrawal rules

Here is an EPF calculator in Excel that helps illustrate the new EPF withdrawal rules. With effect from 10th Feb. 2016, EPF subscribers can only withdraw their contribution and the interest it earns in the EPF account if they quit their job before the age of 57. The employer contribution and the interest earned from it will be locked in until age 57.

Links to EPF notifications from Ministry of Labour and Employment:

Gazette PDF file links (Ministry of Labour and Employment) (disable pop-up blocker for this site)

Gazette of India Feb 20, 2016

EPF Refund reg.

 

After attaining the age of 57, 90% of the EPF balance can be withdrawn. Full withdrawal is possible after age 58. These changes are due to the change in the retirement age from 55 to 58.

As discussed at Asan Ideas for Wealth:

The problem arises when someone quits before age 58. The EPF account would become dormant after 3 years* and no voluntary contributions are possible. So the employer contributions could become inaccessible.

* The Calculator does not factor this in.

Ways to address this issue:

  • voluntary contributions by subscribers who are not employed by anyone should be made possible to keep the account alive.
  • Else the dormancy rules should be modified to at least allow withdrawal of the employer contribution up to say, age 58 since it is locked up.

The employee contribution is 12% of basic pay each month. The employer contribution is 3.67% of the basic pay if it is below 15,000.

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The EPF Corpus Calculator with Contribution Schedule has now been updated to take into account the new EPF withdrawal rules.

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The cash flow chart. The columns in red are new additions.

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A good chunk of the corpus can be withdrawn. The fear is with respect to the dormancy of the corpus as pointed above.

Note: I am not an EPF subscriber. Please free to add your own insights to this issue and point out errors in my understanding.

Download EPF Calculator with 2016 withdrawal rules

With inputs from Ashal Jauhari, Pratheek John, Jalaj Baweja at Asan Ideas for Wealth.

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6 thoughts on “EPF Calculator with 2016 withdrawal rules

  1. Atul Agarwal

    Couple of questions here:
    1. Will one continue to earn interest after the 3 year period without new contribution?
    2. What in case the person leaves the country?

    Reply
  2. Raj mbk

    Hi ,

    1. if I resign and do not want to take employment before 57 or 58 years as I want to start my own business. I want to get all the Provident Fund (my contribution and Employer Contribution both).
    How is it possible ?

    2. What if I go leaves the country and go to other country for job ?

    Your suggestion or guidance would be appreciated.

    Reply
    1. freefincal

      1. You can only withdraw your contribution+ interest until age 58.
      2. No clarity yet on this and dormancy of account.

      Reply
  3. deepak

    hi team
    just one query. if i am contributing in VPF .
    so if i leave my job tomorrow for any personal reason. so the amount i will get is
    VPF + EPF ( mine contribution ) + interest
    or
    50% of total amount irrespective of the VPF .

    Reply
  4. Ravindra

    Dear Sir
    After 7 years and 11 months service, on 30-11-2014, I retired from Private Company in which the retirement age was 60 years of age.
    My UAN Pass Book shows accumulated amount till 31-03-2015 under Employer/ Employee contributions an amount which includes interest up to 31-03-2015. Additionally there is amount under Pension Contribution made @ Rs 541 per moths till I completed 58 years of age.
    Since 30-11-2014, I am not employed in any service with EPS and EPF contribution. In other words, my PF account is inoperative from December 2014 to which the last contributions were from salary of November 2014.
    Here are my questions? Can somebody give answers quoting relevant notifications and references?
    1. Will I get interest for 36 months for these funds, if I plan to withdraw it on 30-11-2017 i.e. 36 months after my retirement?
    2. Can I withdraw the entire Pension Contribution Fund which was made only 72 moths till I became 58 and my entire service period was only 7 years & 11 months. Will I get some interest for that also?
    3. What is tax implication if I withdraw the amount in this F/y 2016-17.
    4. How to qualify my retirement? Can it be termed as ‘superannuation? What is difference between “retirement “and superannuation retirement?
    5. If at all there is interest , I may decide to withdraw the full amount . In that case which are the best investment option for me?

    Reply

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