Rajib Saha (Accounts Officer) 11 May 2020
Our Company's administrative office is situated in Kolkata (West Bengal) which has been declared as "RED ZONE" in view of spread of COVID-19. Our Office has been closed ( Under Lock & Key) since 22nd March, 2020. Hence, we could not disburse Salary for March & April 2020 till date. Salary could only be disbursed once Lock Down is relaxed. In view of this reason, we are not in a position to file ECR for wage months March and April 2020.
But, the EPFO / RO of Provident Fund Office has been advising us to file ECR. We have been receiving a number of SMS and mails from RPFO. for filing ECR by 15/05/2020 in order to avail PMGKY benefits.
Now, my question is: Whether we can file ECR without actual payment of Salary for those 2 months?
Asha Kanta Sharma (Manager - Finance & Accounts) 16 May 2020
I think it can be done. You can just file the returns and in future pay the Salary and Govt Dues as notified. Employers can file the ECR without the need of simultaneous payment of contributions, which may be paid later by the employer after filing the ECR.