How to generate ECR and the use of new version 4.0 of E-Return Tool

EPFO has simplified the Return and Challan preparation and submission. From April- 2012, Establishments need not submit the Returns like Form-5,Form10, Form-12A, Form-3A and Form-6A. Instead they have to use the online facility to upload a single Return viz. Electronic Challan cum Return (ECR) at the site http://esewa.epfoservices.in After Upload of ECR, Challan can be printed and due amount should be remitted using this challan at State Bank of India Branch before the due date which remains unchanged. .

Since the Launch of ECR: No need to submit returns like Form 5/10/12A,3A and 6A. Form-2 return remains unchanged

How to generate the ECR File for upload

ECR file is a Text file which can be created using a text editor like ‘Notepad’. The details of the columns of this file is explained in www.epfindia.gov.in/ECR/ECR_ForEmployers_FileStructure.pdf

When created the file contents will be like this:
12#~#SANJAY#~#7000#~#6500#~#840#~#840#~#541#~#541#~#299#~#299#~#0#~#0#~#10000#~#100#~#1000#~#500#~##~##~##~##~##~##~#20/03/2012#~#20/03/2012#~#S 13#~#BIRENDRA#~#6000#~#6000#~#720#~#720#~#500#~#500#~#220#~#220#~#8#~#0#~#0#~#0#~#0#~#0#~##~##~##~##~##~##~##~##~# 16#~#SHEELA#~#5000#~#5000#~#600#~#600#~#417#~#417#~#183#~#183#~#4#~#0#~#0#~#0#~#0~#0#~#VINEET#~#F#~#05/03/1990#~#F#~#05/03/2012#~#05/03/2012#~##~##~#
Note that the Values are separated by #~#

ELSE, Now you can use ‘E-Return Tool Version 4.0’ to generate the ECR file ready for upload

Read the details regarding the Installation and Updation of E-Return Tool software