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Annual PF Return Filing - Form 3A & Form 6A| Explained

  • Posted By SuperCA
  • On 09 August

Annual PF Return Filing - Form 3A & Form 6A| Explained

Provident fund was introduced by the government as a social security system. The main purpose of the provident fund was to provide financially secure retirement years to the employees. Any employer in India who has more than 20 employees can apply for PF registration.

Under the provident fund, employees and employers make contributions on a monthly basis and the employees can withdraw the provident fund contribution only at the time of his or her retirement except for a few conditions. In this blog, we will learn about the annual PF return filing and the forms which are needed to fulfil this purpose.


Annual filing of Returns

The annual returns need to be filed by April 30 of the concerned year. The forms which are needed in order to file annual PF returns are Form 3A and Form 6A.


Form 3A

Form 3 is also referred to as an annual contribution card of a member. Form 3A must include the signature and the seal of the employer who has filed the form.Form 3A is used to depict the monthly contributions which are made by the member and the employer for employee provident fund and Pension Fund in a specified year. This is computed for each and every member who is a part of the provident fund scheme. Along with these the key in will also include the details that are listed below:

  1. Account number
  2. Subscriber's name
  3. Father's or husband's name
  4. Address and name of the establishment
  5. Statutory rate of contribution
  6. The voluntary rate of contribution


Form 6A

Form 6A is an integrated statement of annual contribution which consists of the details regarding the annual contribution made by each of the members of the establishment. The form must include the details listed below:

  1. Account number
  2. Member's name
  3. Wages RA and DA along with the cash value paid during the currency period for food concession
  4. The amount of contribution detected from the wages of the worker
  5. Refund of advances
  6. Rate of voluntary contribution if any
  7. Remarks


Other than all the details listed above the form must include the following details in the "amount remitted" column:

  1. The month of contribution
  2. The remitted contribution along with the refund of advances
  3. The Pension Fund contribution
  4. The EDLI contribution
  5. The administration charges
  6. The aggregate contributions


Annual account statements

When an employer is given the responsibility for filing returns by using the forms mentioned above, the Employee Provident Fund Organisation known as the EPFO is directed to send an annual statement of accounts to each of its members or subscribers via their employers. The statement of accounts will contain the following details:

  1. An opening balance of the contribution consisting of the interest of both the employee and employer.
  2. Annual contributions made by both the employee and the employer.
  3. The interest that is earned on the contributions.
  4. The total contributions that are made by the employer and the employee.



In this blog, we discussed provident funds and the annual PF return filing. We discussed the forms used to file PF returns annually that are Form 3A and Form 6A. We also came across the annual account statement for the annual PF return filing.