Under the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952, an employee has to make a specific contribution of remuneration to the provident fund account, and an equal contribution has to be made by an employer. Withdrawals under this scheme require an EPFO member to fill up a handful of forms, PF Form 19 being one of them.
PF Form 19 has to be filled when a member wants to go for a final settlement of his/her PF account. It is only applicable to employees who do not have a Universal Account Number (UAN). PF Form no 19 can be filed without a UAN, and the member will only have to mention his/her PF account number. This form will be used to claim a final settlement of the PF account or to avail of pension withdrawal benefits.
There are various types of PF Forms available, serving different purposes. These forms have to be duly filled and then submitted to the EPFO to get the desired outcome. All forms are available on the EPFO or Employee Provident Fund Organisation Portal which can be accessed using the UAN or Universal Account Number.
Check out the different types of EPF forms, each one with a different purpose.
|Form 2||Declaration and nomination form.|
|Form 5||New employees registering for EPF.|
|Form 10C||Pension withdrawal.|
|Form 10D||Pension withdrawal application after retirement.|
|Form 11||Auto transfer of EPF account.|
|Form 13||EPF account transfer.|
|Form 14||Withdrawal for contribution to LIC policy.|
|Form 19||EPF withdrawal.|
|Form 20||EPF withdrawal in case of death of a member.|
|Form 51F||Insurance claim after a member’s demise.|
EPF Form 19 will have to be filled up by an employee holding a provident fund account. The form is used only for withdrawing EPF amount at the time of retirement or when an employee quits.
Also, if an employee exits a job, he/she will have to be unemployed for at least two months to utilise this form for withdrawal. However, if an employee switches jobs from one organisation to another, his/her PF amount will be transferred from a previous account to the present one.
EPF Form no 19 is a 2-page-long form, and members are required to fill in the following details –
Other details that a member needs to fill out include their full postal address, a preferred method of remittance (cheque/ money order/bank details), and revenue stamp of Re. 1. He/she will also have to submit a blank canceled cheque for bank account verification.
After the employer approves the request, the PF amount due will be deposited in the member’s bank account.
However, if Form 19 in PF is present in the alternatives, Form 10C will be as well.
The online process of claims submission for provident fund withdrawal under PF Withdrawal Form 19 does away with the requirement for employer’s attestation. Also, provident fund claims can be processed within up to 5 days after an online application. Note that the member’s Aadhaar number must be linked with his/her UAN.
The unified portal enables members to withdraw provident funds easily. Also, a single-page composite claim form facilitates the next phase of e-governance, making public services more transparent as well as efficient for the subscribers.
Even though employer attestation is no longer required for a member to withdraw the provident fund, the final settlement can only take place when the employer has updated the exit date of the member. If it is not updated, the provident fund department would be under the assumption that the member is still working for the employer, which can hinder the withdrawal process.
In such a situation, the member can only have access to Form 31, which is for an advance refund. It is incumbent upon the member to ensure that the employer updates the exit of service. However, the member can update the date of exit on the UAN website without employer intervention only after 2 months of employment exit.
You can check the status using another method. This procedure consists of the following steps:
If a member’s Universal Account Number (UAN) is active and KYC details are linked with the account, then Form 10C, 19, and 31 can be submitted even without the employer’s attestation for the initiation of claim settlement.
A member can only withdraw the PF amount, and not the pension amount as the latter serves as a retirement fund to be received monthly.
If an employer does not update the date of exit even after official communication, you can file a complaint at the EPF grievance portal. A written complaint can also be made to the EPFO commissioner, which follows the subsequent initiation of an investigation for issue resolution.
In case of offline settlement the employee needs to submit the Composite Claims Form /9 CCF). This composite claim form has subsumed other settlement forms like Form 19, 31, and 10C for EPF and EPS settlement.
At the time of EPF withdrawal, total service in the current job, as well as past employment, is taken into account.