Employee provident fund
The central government had announced in Budget 2021 that if more than 2.5 lakh rupees are being invested in your EPF account, then you will have to pay tax on the interest received from the additional investment.
New rules of pf
>> This new proposal will be applicable to the PF Contribution to be held on or after 1 April 2021.
>> This new proposal will not apply to the PF contribution to be held till 31 March 2021. >> You will have to pay tax on PF contribution above 2.5 lakh rupees per annum.
Suppose XYZ Basic Annual Salary (Basic) is Rs 25 Lakh. His contribution to the PF is Rs 3 lakh at the rate of 12 per cent in the financial year 2021-22. If the interest rate on EPF is assumed to be 8.5% per annum, then their tax liability will be calculated in the following way.
His contribution to the fund = 25 lakhs * 12% = Rs 3 lakhs
Additional Contribution with a limit of Rs. 2.5 = Rs. 50 thousand
Interest on additional contribution = 50,000 * 8.5% = Rs 4250. This amount will be added to the employee’s taxable income.
Small taxpayers will not mind
2.5 lakh rupees free limit will benefit most people, who are subscribers and the interest they get will be absolutely tax free. Therefore small and middle class taxpayers will not be affected by the new rule. This will mainly affect high-income employees.
What is EPF
Under the Employees Provident Fund, employees are required to deposit at least 12 percent of their salary from their salary. The employer also puts the same amount in the EPF of the employee. This contribution is made to the retirement fund of the employee. After the age of 58, the entire amount of EPF Fund can be withdrawn. However, there is a provision to withdraw partial amount for medical expenses, house building, education etc.
This screw is in tax exemption up to 5 lakhs on PF
Recently, the central government has made tax-free interest on a specific category of interest on PF up to five lakh rupees annually. But it will only benefit those people in which no contribution is given by the employer.