The Universal Account Number (UAN) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in October 2014. The UAN is a 12-digit identification number, provided to subscribers of the Employee Provident Fund (EPF). Subscribers to the EPF are allotted a UAN. Your employer could give you the UAN Number.
The main purpose behind introducing the UAN was to create a common reference for EPF account numbers. This is very useful if subscribers change their jobs. UAN was made mandatory in August 2015, for all the subscribers to the EPF. Employees should also provide details regarding bank accounts, PAN and Aadhaar, which would be seeded to their UAN. The UAN can be used to avail a number of services offered by the EPFO.
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UAN number allows portability of PF accounts from one employer to another. You can withdraw EPF balance even without the help of your employer. Subscribers can view all their EPF accounts with current and former employers, with the help of UAN number.
With UAN number, you can also initiate the process of closing old EPF accounts and transfer the balances accrued. The UAN number, which is allotted by an employer, needs to be activated as soon as it is allotted.
There is also another way to get the UAN which can be done by logging on to the EPFO portal, where you (employee) must click on the tab ‘Know Your UAN status’ and fill up the details.
Subscribers can merge up to 10 PF accounts in one shot using the UAN, but he will have to first seed the Aadhaar to the UAN.
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