I am an Indian, employed in the private sector, in India.
I have an inactive Provident Fund account from the previous employer. I was employed with this employer for 12 years and resigned from this employment in 2009. So, my account is inactive / dormant since 2012.
From 2009 - 2013 I was freelancing and hence did not have any PF account or contribution thereof. But I did not close the PF account.
I took up my current job in 2013, which is contributing my PF to a different account and has a UAN.
Now, lets say I make a online transfer claim and link my old account to the new UAN. If I quit my current job, say in the next few months, when I have not completed 5 years with my current employer, how will my account be treated ? Less than 5 years (current employment) or more than 5 years (current 4 years and old employment 12 years with a break of 4 years in between)
Both the accounts are maintained with EPFO.