Choosing the right savings scheme for long-term plans, like retirement, can be challenging considering the various options available in the market. Two such investment avenues are the Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Employee Provident Fund (EPF). 

 

PPF offers tax benefits and assured returns, allowing flexible deposits and tax-free interest. Meanwhile, EPF features employer contributions and enforced savings, fostering disciplined saving habits and compound interest benefits.

 

When comparing PPF vs EPF, you must understand that both instruments promise financial security in retirement, and cater to different preferences and needs.

Key Differences Between PPF and EPF

Here’s a table outlining the differences to help compare EPF vs PPF:

Particulars

EPF

PPF

Issuing entity

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)

All major Public Sector Banks (PSBs) and Indian Post Offices

Account Type

Savings-cum-retirement account

Savings-cum-tax-saving investment

Purpose

To create an avenue for retirement corpus building

To build wealth and earn tax-savings on contributions

Interest Rate

8.25% (for FY 2024)

7.10% (for FY 2024)

Maturity

Until employee reaches 58-years of age

15 years (lock-in period); extendable in five-year blocks

Minimum Contribution

12% of the employee’s basic salary + equal contribution by the employer

₹500

Eligibility

Salaried employees of firms registered under EPF Act, 1952

Indian residents

Withdrawal rules

  • 75% of the corpus can be withdrawn during unemployment 

  • Remaining 25% can be withdrawn after 2 months of being unemployed

  • Complete withdrawal can only be made post retirement

  • Partial withdrawals allowed under certain conditions

  • Complete withdrawal allowed after the completion of lock-in period

  • Partial withdrawal allowed only after 5 years of investment under special circumstances

Taxation

Amount received at maturity is tax-free

Amount withdrawn after 5 years of investment is tax-free

In conclusion, there's no one-size-fits-all answer when comparing EPF vs PPF. Instead, investors should assess their unique financial circumstances and long-term objectives to determine which instrument aligns best with their needs.

 

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FAQs

Can self-employed individuals contribute to EPF?

No, EPF is not applicable to self-employed individuals; it is primarily for salaried employees.

Which offers better liquidity between EPF and PPF?

EPF can be partially withdrawn for specific purposes like education, medical expenses, or home purchase under certain conditions. PPF, on the other hand, allows partial withdrawals after the completion of the sixth year.

Can one contribute to both EPF and PPF simultaneously?

Yes, individuals can contribute to EPF, if they are salaried employees, and PPF simultaneously to diversify their savings.

Is there a maturity period for EPF and PPF?

EPF has no fixed maturity period. It continues until the individual retires or is unemployed. However, PPF has a maturity period of 15 years, which can be extended in blocks of five-years.

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