Here are five big points you need to know

  1. Subscribers of Employees’ Provident Fund and Voluntary Provident Fund (VPF) who have PF contribution of over Rs 2.5 lakh per financial year will now have two separate PF accounts. These rules will be effective from April 1, 2022.
  2. What this means is that till FY22, all contributions made in PF accounts so far, including contribution of upto Rs 2.5 lakh made in FY22, will be placed in one account where no tax will be levied as has been the practice with the PF, where contribution, interest, and withdrawal, all are tax free.
  3. But another PF account will be opened for each subscriber in FY22, where contribution of over Rs 2.5 lakh made in the current year and subsequent years will be placed. This will be taxable account, meaning interest earned on this contribution would be subject to applicable tax.

4.. Tax experts believe that this decision is aimed at stopping high net worth individuals to misuse a welfare facility and earn wrongfully tax-free income as assured interest return. Interest portion is calculable on a year-to-year basis just like bank interest.

  1. Tax payers will be required to include the annual income from contribution beyond Rs 2.5 lakhs into their PF accounts while filing their returns.

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