Documents Required for Provident Fund Recognition with FBR

The Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, allows employers to establish recognized provident funds (RPFs) for their employees. These funds offer tax benefits for both employers and employees. To gain recognition from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), employers must submit specific documentation.

Benefits of Recognized Provident Funds:

  • Tax Deductible Contributions: Employers can deduct contributions to RPFs from their taxable income.
  • Tax-Exempt Interest: Interest earned on RPF contributions is generally exempt from income tax for employees.
  • Tax-Free Withdrawals: Employees can withdraw their RPF contributions and accrued interest at retirement or under specific circumstances tax-free.

Documents Required for RPF Recognition:

Here’s a breakdown of the documents typically required by the FBR for RPF recognition:

  1. Application Form:

    • This form, typically provided by the FBR, outlines details about the employer, the proposed RPF, and the number of employees who will participate.
  2. Trust Deed:

    • This legal document establishes the RPF as a trust, outlining the roles and responsibilities of trustees, investment guidelines, and benefit distribution rules.
    • The original trust deed needs to be presented for sighting and a copy needs to be submitted for FBR records.
  3. Rules of the Fund:

    • This document details the operational framework of the RPF, including contribution rates, eligibility criteria, withdrawal procedures, and dispute resolution mechanisms.
  4. Verification:

    • A declaration from the RPF trustees needs to be attached, verifying the accuracy of the information provided in the application.

Additional Considerations:

  • Original Documents: While copies are usually submitted, the FBR might require sighting the original trust deed.
  • Incomplete Applications: Incomplete applications will likely be delayed or rejected. Ensure all required documents are included.
  • Local Commissioner: Applications are typically submitted to the FBR Commissioner responsible for the area where the RPF accounts are maintained.


Obtaining RPF recognition can offer significant tax advantages for both employers and employees. By carefully preparing the required documentation, employers can streamline the application process and expedite RPF recognition with the FBR.

Disclaimer: This article provides general information and shouldn’t be considered as tax advice. It’s recommended to consult with a qualified tax professional for specific guidance on RPF recognition and tax implications.

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