Do I Have to Pay Tax on Pf Withdrawal

The taxability of your Provident Fund (PF) withdrawal depends on several factors. If you withdraw your PF before completing five years of continuous service, the entire amount is taxable. However, if you withdraw it after completing five years, only the interest earned on the PF is taxable. To calculate the taxable amount, you need to subtract your PF contributions from the total amount withdrawn. The remaining amount, which is the interest, is then added to your other taxable income. The tax you pay on this amount will depend on your income tax slab. It’s important to consult with a tax professional to determine the exact amount of tax you may need to pay.

Tax Implications of Premature PF Withdrawal

When you withdraw your Provident Fund (PF) before retirement, it is considered a premature withdrawal and is subject to certain tax implications. These implications depend on various factors, including your employment status, the reason for withdrawal, and the amount withdrawn.

**Exempt Withdrawals:**

  • Withdrawals after five years of continuous employment
  • Withdrawals for specific purposes such as medical treatment, education, or purchase/construction of a house
  • Withdrawals by government employees or those covered under the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS)

Taxable Withdrawals:

Withdrawals other than those mentioned above are taxable as follows:

  • Amount Withdrawn up to Rs.50,000: Tax-free
  • Amount Withdrawn between Rs.50,000 and Rs.200,000: Taxable at 10%
  • Amount Withdrawn over Rs.200,000: Taxable at your income tax slab rate


  • Tax is calculated on the difference between the amount withdrawn and the exempt limit (Rs.50,000).
  • If you have not submitted your PAN to the PF authority, TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) of 34.6% will be deducted on the taxable amount.

Table Summary of Tax Implications:

Withdrawal AmountTax Implications
Up to Rs.50,000Tax-free
Rs.50,000 to Rs.200,000Taxable at 10%
Over Rs.200,000Taxable at income tax slab rate

Tax-Free PF Withdrawal Options

Provident Fund (PF) is a retirement savings scheme that helps individuals save for their future. Withdrawals from PF are generally taxable, but there are certain circumstances under which withdrawals can be made tax-free.

Statutory Limit

  • Withdrawals up to ₹50,000 in a financial year are exempt from tax if the individual has been employed with the same employer for at least 5 continuous years.

Medical Emergencies

Withdrawals for medical expenses incurred by the employee, spouse, or dependent children are exempt from tax up to a limit of ₹1,50,000 in a financial year.

House Purchase

Withdrawals for the purchase or construction of a new house are exempt from tax up to a limit of ₹50,000 in a financial year. The individual must not have owned a house in the previous 5 years.

Repayment of Home Loan

Withdrawals for the repayment of an existing home loan are exempt from tax up to a limit of ₹50,000 in a financial year. The individual must have taken the home loan for the purchase or construction of a new house.

Children’s Education

Withdrawals for the payment of tuition fees or other expenses related to the education of the child are exempt from tax up to a limit of ₹50,000 in a financial year.

Withdrawals from PF are also exempt from tax in cases such as the employee’s death, retirement, or disability.

Tax Deductions for PF Contributions

Provident Fund (PF) is a retirement savings scheme offered by employers to their employees. Contributions made towards PF are eligible for tax deductions under the Income Tax Act, 1961. The deductions are available under Section 80C of the Act.

The maximum amount that can be claimed as a deduction under Section 80C, including PF contributions, is Rs. 1.5 lakhs per annum.

How to Claim Tax Deduction for PF Contributions

  • Submit Form 12BB to your employer to claim the tax deduction.
  • The employer will then deduct the PF contribution amount from your salary and deposit it in your PF account.
  • The deduction will be reflected in your Form 16, which is issued by your employer at the end of the financial year.
  • You can claim the deduction while filing your income tax return by submitting Form 16 and other supporting documents.

Taxability of PF Withdrawal

Withdrawals from PF are generally taxable. The taxability of PF withdrawal depends on the following factors:

  • Reason for withdrawal
  • Period of employment
  • Amount of withdrawal

In most cases, withdrawals made before the age of 58 years are taxable. Withdrawals made after the age of 58 years are tax-free up to a certain limit.

Withdrawal ReasonTaxability
RetirementTax-free up to a certain limit
Medical emergencyTaxable on 50% of the withdrawal amount
Purchase or construction of a houseTaxable on 50% of the withdrawal amount
Education of childrenTaxable on 50% of the withdrawal amount
Marriage of childrenTaxable on 50% of the withdrawal amount

Long-Term Capital Gains Tax on PF Withdrawals

When you withdraw money from your Provident Fund (PF) account, the taxability of the withdrawal depends on whether it is a long-term or short-term withdrawal.

Long-Term Capital Gains Tax

If you withdraw money from your PF account after being employed for more than 5 years, the withdrawal is considered a long-term capital gain. In such cases, the following tax rules apply:

  • The withdrawal amount is not taxable up to Rs. 5 lakhs.
  • Any amount withdrawn above Rs. 5 lakhs is taxable at a rate of 20% after allowing for indexation. Indexation adjusts the purchase price of the asset to account for inflation.
Taxability of Long-Term Capital Gains on PF Withdrawals
Withdrawal AmountTaxability
Up to Rs. 5 lakhsExempt
Over Rs. 5 lakhsTaxable at 20% (after indexation)

Well, that’s about all there is to know about PF withdrawal tax. I hope I’ve been able to clear up any confusion you might have had. If you have any further questions, feel free to give us a shout.

Remember, this is just a general overview of the topic, and it’s always a good idea to consult with a tax professional before making any decisions. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back for more informative articles in the future!