Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) offers a variety of benefits to its members. Free insurance and pension coverage are among the Provident Fund’s perks. In general, an employee’s Provident Fund (PF) account is viewed as a retirement-oriented investment option, and it is required of any employee who meets the Rs 15000 monthly PF contribution threshold. Section 80C of the Income Tax Act exempts an employee’s PF contribution up to Rs 1.5 lakh in a single financial year from income tax.

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Employees should be informed of the following five primary points:-

1. Free insurance:

Under the EDLI, a Provident Fund Account holder is automatically liable for free insurance up to Rs 7 lakh in the event of death while serving (Employees Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme). The death cover for PF account holders was previously Rs 6 lakh, but it has now been increased to Rs 7 lakh. Most notably, the PF account holder would not have to pay any insurance premiums for the EDLI death cover.

2. Pension provision:

After 58 years, a PF account holder is still liable for a pension. To be eligible for a pension, however, a minimum of 15 years of daily monthly PF contributions must be made in one’s PF account. The pension gain comes from the employer’s contribution, which goes to the EPS account of the PF account holder for 8.33 percent of its contribution (out of a total of 12 percent).

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3. Loan against PF:

In the event of a financial emergency, a PF account holder may borrow against his or her PF balance, with an interest rate of only 1%. The loan will be for a limited time and must be repaid within 36 months of the date of disbursement.

4.Emergency partial withdrawal:

EPFO provides for partial withdrawal in the event of a medical or financial emergency, subject to certain terms and conditions.

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5. Home loan and hole loan repayment:

An individual’s PF account may be used to repay a home loan. According to EPFO law, they can withdraw up to 90% of their PF balance for the purchase or construction of a house. They can also use their PF balance to purchase properties.