ECR file format is available on the internet. EPFO has launched Electronic Challan cum Return (ECR) which suggests that Employers are required to register their organizations and create their username and password through this portal. The registered organizations can upload the Electronic return and the uploaded return information will be displayed through a digitally signed copy in PDF format. It will be available for printing also. Once accepted by the employer online challan will be generated based on uploaded return. The employer may prefer to make the payment through internet banking or take a copy of the challan and pay at any designated. The benefits with ECR includes; paperless return to being prepared and submitted to EPFO, No need of submission of other returns viz Form 5/10/12A,3A, and 6A, Managers will receive the payment confirmation through SMS immediately, The contribution will be credited to the members' account on a monthly basis, Employers can view the annual accounts slip for the accounting year 2011-12 online, For past years employers can request for the annual slips through this portal.
EPFO Seva is a special facility for attaining the online receipt of Electronic challan cum return (ECR). Steps followed to generate ECR file for EPF are; Log in to the website, www.epfindia.com and click on ‘E-return Tool for Employers’. It is advisable to read the installation instructions, as well, For a fresh installation, download the software ‘A-L’ and for upgrading an older version, download ‘E&F’, Install the software and enter employee details, such as wages and contribution to EPF, Using the module ‘Generate Returns for Submission to EPFO’ and ‘Electronic challan cum return form (ECR)’, generate the text file for the same. It is advised that the employer keeps both a hard and soft copy for reference and documentation sake.
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