Penal Damages on Late Deposit of PF using Internet Banking: EPFO Clarification

EPFO Clarification reg. Levy of Penal Damages in the case of Late Deposit of PF, etc. contributions through Internet Banking

EPFO has clarified that with the implementation of internet banking, the date of debit from the employer’s account may be taken as date of payment of PF, etc. contributions for the purpose of levy of damages by way of penalty.

EPFO has in its Clarification Circular referred to Para 5.3 of Manual of Accounting Procedure, which is reproduced here-under:

“5.3 The accounts section are not required to treat the following as belated deposits: 

Cheques/ demand draft presented by Employer to the State Bank of India on or before the due date, even if the deposit is credited after the due date. (The date of presentation of Cheque as indicated in the challan or as verified from the acknowledgement given by the Bank or in the Establishment ’s letter, forwarding the Cheque or in the Despatch Register may be taken as a proof.”

Accordingly, the EPFO has taken a view that with the implementation of internet banking, the date of debit from the employer’s account may be taken as date of payment for the purpose of levy of damages by way of penalty. Other issues e. g. delay in credit in EPFO’s accounts or delay in transfer of funds for investment by banks may be dealt in accordance with banking agreements with different banks. To view or download pdf copy of the EPFO Circular, please refer the link as under:

EPFO Circular dt. 14 Sept. 2016 Bkg.1(4)2010/Online Remit./Vol. -II/2570

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