In this post, we will look at the latest PF interest rate and how it has changed over the years. Also, we will discuss the detailed procedure of calculating PF interest rate.
Current PF interest rate [Feb 2018 update]
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has declared that interest will be applicable at the rate of 8.55% for the year 2017-18. This will affect more than 5 crore PF members, who will be getting a lower percent interest than the previous year when it was 8.65%(FY 2016-17).
Change In PF Interest Rates Over Years
The PF interest rates keep changing every year. In the below graph, you can see the EPF rate history over the past 5 years.
The latest financial year, FY 2016-17 is the lowest since FY 2012-13 when it was 8.5%. For 2017-18, the interest is to be 8.55%.
Calculation of PF Interest Rate
The monthly PF contribution gets accumulated over time in our PF accounts and starts earning interest. In the section, we will see how you can calculate the monthly PF interest.
Let us first know how to calculate interest on EPF contribution.
The calculation of the actual interest received depends upon the salary of an employee and also on the break-up of employer’s PF contribution.
- Contribution by an employee – Contribution towards EPF is deducted from employee’s salary. This is 12% of the basic salary of the employee.
- Contribution by an employer -The contribution made by the employer is 12% of the basic salary of the employee. However, this 12% is further subdivided into:
- Employee Pension Scheme (EPS) – 8.33%
- Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF) – 3.67%
As we all know, if Basic+DA is less than Rs.15,000, then both the employer and employee contribution will be the same. If it exceeds Rs.15,000 then you have an option either contribute based on the original amount or restrict the calculations to Rs. 15,000.
Now, let us take an example of Siddharth who has just joined the organization in the month of June at a monthly salary of Rs 12,000(Basic+DA). We will be calculating the interest on his EPF earnings. We can see the monthly deductions and applicability of interest in the given table below.
|Month||Employee Contribution(12%)||Employer Contribution(3.67%)||Balance at the end of the month||Interest earned|
|June||1440||440.4||1880.4||Nil Just joined|
(Total EPF at the end of the year)
So, in the example above, the total interest that Siddharth received for his EPF contributions from June to March comes out to be Rs.493.58.
This is how interest on EPF is calculated. It is calculated for every month and given at the end of the financial year.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN CALCULATING EPF INTEREST RATE
- The employer shows the EPF contributions with respect to the salary due.
- Interest amount received on EPF is rounded off to the nearest point before being credited to your EPF account.
- In the unfortunate event of a death of an employee, the interest is payable till the month preceding the month in which death occurred.
So, this is it regarding the detailed procedure of calculating PF interest rate and change in interest rates. We hope you found it helpful.
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