EPFO deadline August 31 looms, link your Provident Fund to Aadhaar online in easy steps; here is how to do so | How-to

EPFO deadline August 31 looms, link your Provident Fund to Aadhaar online in easy steps; here is how to do so

EPF-Aadhaar Card linking: EPFO has set a deadline for subscribers to carry out the Employees' Provident Fund-Aadhaar card linking. If it is not done, PF subscribers can lose benefits. The facility is available online.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 19:31 IST
EPF-Aadhaar Card linking: The process of linking has been made very easy by EPFO.
EPF-Aadhaar Card linking: The process of linking has been made very easy by EPFO. (MINT_PRINT)

EPF-Aadhaar Card linking: The government has issued a deadline to all Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) subscribers to link their Provident Fund account to their Aadhaar card by August 31, 2021 or face the consequences. It is extremely important for EPFO members to do so and the sooner they do it, the better for everyone concerned. Centre has said that it is mandated for Provident Fund account holders to link their Universal Account Number (UAN) to their Aadhaar card. For employees, EPFO is one of the most important savings-cum-retirement schemes and also comes in handy when members lose their jobs or quit as they can withdraw funds from their Provident Fund account for emergency use. However, ultimately, the goal of EPFO is to build as large a sum as possible for employees when they retire. The nest egg thereby generated is generally big enough to ensure a very comfortable life in the later stages of life. Among the consequences of not obeying this government order by August 31 is that many benefits available to Provident Fund account holders will be denied, the most important being that it will put a big question mark on the ability of companies or employers to deposit money in Provident Fund subscribers' accounts.

Therefore, any laxity in obeying rules can be counter productive for Provident Fund account holders and they should hurry up and do their PF-Aadhaar Card linking quickly. Also, there is no need to worry about the process, the requirements from subscribers or even the time taken. It is a very simple and quick process.

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EPFO has circulated a notification in which it has indicated what PF subscribers must do. Here is what EPFO has said, "Dear Member, with the coming into force of the Section 142 of the Code on Social Security, 2020, the ECR shall be allowed to be filed only for those members, whose Aadhar numbers are seeded and verified with the UANs. Therefore, please link your Aadhaar number in the UAN to avail uninterrupted services of the EPFO. Members can validate their Aadhaar with UAN through the online e-KYC facility available on the member portal, as well as the UMANG App, in view of the impending mandatory provisions." ECR being the Electronic Challan cum Return.

So, do not wait any longer, just log on to the EPFO website and complete your PF-Aadhaar card linking now.

How to link EPFO account to Aadhaar card:

* Go to official website's direct link - click here.

* EPF account holders must login first. In the boxes provided enter your UAN number and then the password.

* Once you have logged onto the official website of Member Sewa Portal, tap on KYC in drop-down list.

* Enter your Aadhaar card number, permanent account number (PAN) too, if required.

And that is it. Very simple, and quick.

Do note that this does not mean your PF-Aadhaar card linking has been completed. It has in fact gone into the 'pending KYC' mode and needs to be cleared by the employer. Only when that happens will your efforts be considered as successful.

When that is done, your Aadhaar card number will get linked to your Employees' Provident Fund account.

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First Published Date: 15 Aug, 15:33 IST