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Business News/ Money / Personal Finance/  EPFO Pension Rules: 5 key things you need to know for financial security
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EPFO Pension Rules: 5 key things you need to know for financial security

Meeting the EPFO's requirement of 10 years of service is essential, but merely reaching the age of 58 doesn't automatically qualify an individual for a monthly pension under the Employee Pension Scheme.

You must be aware of the EPFO pension rules before investing in this scheme.Premium
You must be aware of the EPFO pension rules before investing in this scheme.

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is vital in safeguarding employees’ financial futures through retirement savings promotion. Getting a grasp on the latest clarifications regarding pension rules from the EPFO can be quite beneficial.

Here are some aspects that the EPFO has provided clarification on:

Eligibility for pension: This might encompass criteria such as minimum service tenure, age prerequisites, and choices related to early or postponed pensions.

Calculation of pension amount: The EPFO could have provided clarity on how elements such as salary, contributions from both employee and employer, and length of service impact the eventual pension sum.

Other benefits: It’s possible the EPFO clarified regulations concerning survivor benefits, withdrawal alternatives, or procedures for nomination.

Many EPFO account holders are unaware that by contributing for at least 10 years, an employee becomes eligible for a pension at the age of 58. EPFO provides an incentive for delaying pension claims. Opting to defer until age 60 results in an increased pension amount of 8% for each year you postpone claiming it. This choice enables you to potentially amass a greater pension fund, resulting in a higher monthly payout in retirement.

Employee Pension Scheme (EPS): 8.33% is allocated to the EPS, which offers a pension benefit to the employee after retirement.

Provident Fund (PF): The remaining 3.67% is also directed to the EPF, building up savings for the employee.

Members can request early pension starting at age 50 if they’ve served for at least 10 years. However, choosing early pension leads to a decreased pension amount. Additionally, employees can choose to contribute more than 12% of their basic salary to their PF voluntarily. Nevertheless, employers aren’t required to match contributions exceeding the mandated 12%.

Understanding the EPFO’s clarifications is essential for employees to grasp their pension benefits and plan strategically. Being aware of the contribution framework and pension eligibility enables employees to project their future benefits and determine if additional savings are necessary. 

Knowing the advantages of delaying pension aids employees in deciding if postponing for a higher payout aligns with their financial objectives. Efficiently leveraging EPFO benefits, alongside personal savings and investments, can greatly contribute to a secure retirement.

 

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Published: 15 Apr 2024, 11:48 AM IST
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