The EPFO has issued EPF Circular No. WSU/9(1)2013/Settlement/35031 dt. 8 Jan., 2018, removing the grace period of 5 days for depositing PF and hence Feb., 2016 onwards the due date shall be 15th instead of 20th.

Payment of contribution by the employers by 15th of the following month —Removing of grace period of 5 days
As per paragraph 38(1) of the EPF Scheme, 1952, paragraph 3 of EPS, 1995 and paragraph 8(1) of EDLI Scheme, 1976, the employers are required to pay the contributions and administrative charges within fifteen days of close of every month. The employer, as per para 5.1.3 of Manual of Accounting Procedure (Part-I General), is also allowed a grace period of 5 days to remit the contribution.

2. The grace period of five days have been allowed for the employers to remit the contributions as the system of calculation of wages of the employees and their corresponding dues under the twee schemes (Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme 1952, Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 & Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme 1976) were done manually and its remittances in the bank required additional time in the earlier manual setup.

3. In the present era, employers compute the wages and EPF liabilities electronically (in most of the cases on real time basis) and file Electronic Challan-cum-Return (ECR). The remittances are also being deposited through Internet Banking. This has reduced the process and time taken in calculation of PF dues and its remittances in the bank. Accordingly, it has been decided that concession of grace period of 5 days available to the employers for depositing the contribution & other dues is withdrawn herewith. This decision shall apply from February, 2016 (contributions for month of January, 2016 and payable in the month of February, 2016).

4. The employers shall pay the contribution and other dues as envisaged under EPF & MP Act, 1952 and Schemes framed thereunder within fifteen days of dose of every month.

Employers to Deposit PF Contributions by New Date 15th without any grace period EPF Circular dt. 8 Jan 2016

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