An EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) account holder can withdraw their funds from the account as a PF loan. The accumulated amount can be withdrawn partially in case the loan is taken for purchasing or repairing a house. The account holder should be in service for at least 5 years to be eligible to avail a loan against PF.
EPF Loan refers to a premature withdrawal of funds accumulated in the EPF account. Therefore, a loan against EPF is not required to be repaid unlike a PPF (Public Provident Fund) loan and for that reason, there is no loan against PF interest rate. The cost needed to be paid for a loan against PF account is the amount that an account holder could have earned as an interest on the withdrawn amount if they had not made the withdrawal. The interest on EPF deposit is calculated on monthly running balance and at present, the rate is 8.50% p.a.
Withdrawals against your PF account is more of an advance than a loan. You can take advances during the course of your employment under some conditions. Apart from the reason to take advance, the number of years of service completed by you also plays a vital role. You have to submit the advance form and Form 31 along with other required documents to avail a loan against PF balance.
If you are still wondering about how to apply PF loan, here is the answer:
If you want to avail a PF loan apply online through the EPFO portal. Use your UAN login to the portal. Please note that individuals can login to the EPFO portal only if their UAN activation process is complete.
The EPF personal loan eligibility depends on the purpose behind the withdrawal from EPF account. The purpose and limit of withdrawal are summarized in the table below:
|Withdrawal Reason||Withdrawal Limit||Minimum Years in Service||Other Terms & Conditions|
|Education||Up to 50% of employee’s share of EPF contribution.||7||For education of self or children after 10th class.|
|Marriage||Up to 50% of employee’s share of EPF contribution.||7||For marriage of self, children or siblings.|
|Purchase of house/plot||Up to 36 times of monthly wages + dearness allowance (component of the salary) for home purchase and up to 24 times of monthly wages + dearness allowance for land purchase.||5||The land must be in the name of the employee/spouse or jointly owned.|
|Medical treatment||6 times of wages + dearness allowance.||N/A|
|Home loan payment||Up to 90% from employee’s contribution & employer contribution in EPF.||10|
|Calamity||Up to 50% of the employee share.||N/A||Employer has to provide the certificates of damage.|
|Addition/alteration of house||12 times of employee’s wages.||5|
|Lockout||Equal to employee’s unpaid wages.||N/A||Employer must not be getting wages for the last 2 months or the company must be closed for at least 15 days.|
|Withdrawal before the retirement||Up to 90% of accumulated balance with interest.||57 years||For self only|
Additional requirements to file online claims for EPF withdrawal:
You will require any one of the following Claim Forms to withdraw any amount from your EPF account:
You can check the status of your EPF advance claim by following the steps mentioned below:
Yes. If you have an EPF account, you can withdraw funds from the account as a loan against EPFO. Partial withdrawal is possible if the loan is taken for buying/repairing a house. The employee should be in the service for at least 5 years to be eligible to get a loan against PF.
You can take advances against EPF during the course of your employment under some conditions. Apart from the reason to take advance, the number of years of service completed by you also plays a vital role. You have to submit the advance form and Form 31 along with other required documents to avail a loan against PF balance.
You can take loan from your PF account by withdrawing EPF entirely or partially for
The purpose of marriage, medical expenses, education, purchase of land, purchase/ or construction of a house, home loan repayment, house renovation, retirement, or unemployment.
Loan against PF from bank refers to a premature withdrawal of funds accumulated in your EPF account. Therefore, it is not required to be repaid unlike a PPF (Public Provident Fund) loan.
The various schemes under the EPFO are mentioned below: