PF Withdrawal Rules: Left job? Don't withdraw Provident Fund money, enjoy interest benefit for a long time!
PF Withdrawal Rules: If you have lost your job, have just switched from your old job or have been struck by an emergency, you may be tempted to withdraw your Provident Fund (PF) money.
PF Withdrawal Rules: If you have lost your job, have just switched from your old job or have been struck by an emergency, you may be tempted to withdraw your Provident Fund (PF) money. However, ideally, you should choose not to withdraw the PF balance and continue to earn high interest for a long time. In case you have left a job recently, it is better not to withdraw the PF amount you received at the previous company. If you withdraw the money, you end up losing on the investment for a better future. Also, your chances of getting a regular pension through Employees' Pension Scheme (EPS) gets hit.
You should withdraw PF money after leaving a job only when it is an emergency. Even when you leave the job, the amount deposited in your PF account continues to earn interest. Also, it can be transferred to a new company as soon as you get a new job at a new firm.
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According to the official EPFO website, an individual, who is out of a job, cannot contribute to the PF account. An employee cannot contribute to EPF after leaving the service as "any contribution by the member must be matched with the employer's share of contribution."
If you join a new company after leaving the old job then you can get your entire PF amount transferred to the new one. Your PF account will be treated to be running in continuity and it won't stop your pension scheme.
It is not compulsory to withdraw the pension benefit along with the PF amount.
After retirement, you can continue to earn interest on your PF deposit if you don't withdraw. Your account will become inactive three years after retirement.
There is no time limit for the withdrawal of Provident Fund dues. Only in the case of resignation from service (not retirement), a member has to wait for two months for withdrawal of PF amount.
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