Public Provident Fund (PPF) Extension Rules Upon Maturity

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The extension rules and options available for public provident fund accounts after maturity or after completion of 15 years are discussed. The national savings institute (NSI India) has a wonderful pdf rule booklet with all notifications and clarifications since inception, and this post is entirely based on that.

The aim here is to consolidate my understanding of the PPF extension rules after a question by Nihar Ranjan Pal at FB group Asan Ideas of Wealth yesterday.

The PPF rule book from

We all know that a PPF matures after 15 years. Or 15 financial years from the FY of opening. For example, an account opened in FY 2000-01 (or before 31st March 2001) will mature on 1st April 2016.

There are three options available to a subscriber after maturity.

Option A Close the account and be done with it!

Option B Keep the account open without further contributions.

Option C Extend the account for 5 years with further contributions.

Let us look at B and C in detail.

Option B: PPF has an awesome feature. One can keep the account alive without contributions and the corpus will continue to earn interest!

However, if a matured PPF account is not extended for 5 years within one year of maturity, then such an extension is no longer possible.

The extension is necessary only if further contributions need to be made. If there is no need for such contributions either from a tax planning or corpus building point of view, an extension need not be made.

In this case,

The subscriber can make one withdrawal in each financial year of any amount within the balance

Also, if option B is chosen then unless the account is closed, a new account cannot be opened.

Option C: If further contributions are necessary then the account has to be extended for 5 years after maturity. Contributions should not be made without extension. And if extended, at least the minimum contribution of Rs. 500 a year should be made.

The extension has to be made via form H

If contributions are made without extending the account, they will not earn any interest and are not eligible for 80C deductions.

Option  once chosen cannot be revoked. The minimum contribution has to be made to keep the account alive.

In this case,

the subscriber is eligible to make partial withdrawals not exceeding one every year subject to the condition that the total of the withdrawals, during the 5 year block period, shall not exceed 60 per cent of the balance at his credit at the commencement of the said period. This amount can be withdrawn either in one installment (one year) and or in more than one installment in different years as per requirements of the subscriber.

This rule will apply to each extension period and is the key difference between options B and C.

Therefore, before extending the PPF account it is important to consider liquidity requirements. I see no need to extend the account if there is no use from further contributions.

If the PPF account is used for a child’s education then option B may be better. When used for retirement, it depends on the money required and the kind of corpus available from other sources.

Also, if the PPF account was opened when young, it makes sense to keep extending it with further contributions. The main advantage of a PPF account is it can be just kept alive in initial years and periodically gains from equity can be shifted here (subject to total contribution limit). As we head to our mid-40s and 50s, the contribution can be increased gradually.

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  1. I understand the PPF can be extended for two 5 year periods after maturity.But i get the impression that you can go for any number of extensions.I shall be thankful for a clarification.

      1. As he says you can go on extending 5Y and so on. But be carefull with signature tallying and other technical objection form the bank personnel. Definitely they create some nonsense during withdrawals. Recently I had a problem with signature mis matching. Hence I am advising so.

  2. My PPF has completed 15 years 3 years ago. I have been making contribution each year even after completion of 15 years without submitting the extension form. What will be the implication and what should i do now?

    1. Those contributions will not earn any interest. Since three years have elapsed, the acct cannot be extended. So you will have to close the acct and open a new one if desired.

  3. Generally the computer system does not accept further contribution after 15 years without submission of the extension form. In some cases the bank officials just feed in the column for extension while posting the deposit, for their own convenience to go ahead with their work. Hence there may not be problem with application of interest, and probably one may have to submit a back dated extension form.

  4. Sir, my ppf a/couple was extended for 5years, but now on 17th year mony need for my children marrage, will it possible to close my ppf account.

    1. If you extended without contributions you withdraw any amount. Else there are restrictions as mentioned in the post.

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