IEPF Form 5: Important points about claiming unclaimed dividend and shares

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IEPF full form is Investor Education and Protection Fund. The IEPF form 5 application is made to the Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) Authority by shareholders of the company in order to claim unpaid dividends and shares from the IEPF. The company should transfer the amounts in its unpaid dividend account to the IEPF in accordance with Section 125(2)(c) and Rule 7(1) of the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority of the Companies Act, 2013 (‘Act’). 

Who Should File IEPF form 5? 

According to Section 124(6) of the Act of 2013, the company must transfer to the IEPF all shares for which the dividend is unclaimed or unpaid for seven consecutive years. According to Section 125(3)(a) of the Act, shareholders of unpaid dividends, matured deposits, or matured debentures may claim a refund of the unpaid amount transferred to the IEPF by filing form IEPF-5. 

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What can be claimed by shareholders in IEPF? 

According to Rule 7(1) of the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPF) (Accounting, Audit, Transfer, and Refund) rules 2016, shareholders can claim the following amounts by submitting the IEPF-5 form on the MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs) portal along with the IEPF Authority’s prescribed fees. 

  • Unclaimed dividend
  • Matured debentures, Matured deposits, and shares
  • Refundable application fees
  • Interest on fractional share sale proceeds
  • preference share redemption proceeds, etc. 

Procedure for IEPF claim 

  1. Go to the official website and download the IEPF form 5 for claiming the refund 
IEPF portal and IEPF login
  1. The IEPF form 5 would be generated as shown in the picture 
IEPF Form 5: All about claiming unclaimed dividend and shares
  1. Next in the application form applicant needs to provide the following information 
Subject Instructions  
1-Particulars of the Applicant Enter Name, Address and contact details of the Applicant.  
2- Particulars of the Company CIN can be found by entering the existing registration number or the name of the company in the ‘Find CIN’ service on the MCA website under the menu MCA Services.
3-Details of shares claimed Share including folio ID to be provided  
4-Details of Amount Claimed Enter the amount & no of claims to be made  
5- Aadhar Number or Passport/OCI/PIO Card No Enter the Aadhaar number in the case of Indian National & OCI/PIO Card no in the case of NRI.  
6-Details of Adhar linked bank account Bank account number, Bank name, Bank branch, Type of account and IFSC code. In the case of Indian Nationals, Bank Account Number must be Aadhaar linked.  
7-Demat Account Number  
8-Declaration  Click on the check box after checking the terms & conditions  

4. Once the declaration is done save the duly signed form and save it on your PC. 

5. Go to the IEPF portal and choose the upload option 

IEPF Form upload

6. You will be redirected to MCA21 to complete the form upload. Log in with your ID and password (if you have them) or register yourself by clicking on register and entering the necessary information. 

IEPF FORM 5 Claim Status

7. After logging in, select normal upload. Attach the form by clicking Browse. Click the Submit button. The SRN will be generated, and the applicant will be asked to choose a payment method (Pay Now or Pay Later). 

8. Once the payment is successful, an acknowledgement will be generated with the service request no (SRN) 

9. Take the printout of IEPF form 5 and the acknowledgement receipt.  

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IEPF claim additional documents 

The user has to send the attachments prescribed below to the Nodal Officer (IEPF) of the company at its registered office in an envelope marked “claim for a refund from IEPF Authority” for initiating the verification for the claim 

  • Print out a duly completed and uploaded claim form with the claimant’s signature, and if joint holders are involved, the claim form must be signed by all joint holders. 
  • Claimant’s attested copy of the acknowledgment bearing the SRN No. 
  • Advance Stamped Receipt (Original) in case of refund of matured deposit or debenture, or bonds, original certificate thereto. 
  • Copy of AADHAAR Card of the claimant and if joint holders are there, Copy of AADHAAR Card of all joint holders. 
  • Copy of PAN Card. 
  • Client Master List duly attested by claimant. 
  • Original Share Certificate (in case shares are in Physical Form) 
  • Proof of Entitlement (Certificate of share/interest warrant Application No. etc.) 
  • Original Cancelled Cheque Leaf. 
  • Copy of Passport, OCI and PIO card in case of foreigners and NRI. 
  • In case any Joint Holder is deceased, copy of Death certificate to be attached. 

How to check IEPF Claim status? 

  1. Login to the MCA21 application.  
  2. Click the MCA Services tab. The list of MCA services is displayed.  
  3. Click the Track SRN/ Transaction Status menu. The Track SRN/ Transaction Status page is displayed.  
  4. Click the Track SRN/ Transaction Status for Company Related Transaction link. The Track SRN/ Transaction Status page is displayed.  
  5. Under the Services tab, click the Track Transaction Status menu.  
  6. In the SRN field, enter the SRN to be tracked.  
  7. In the Start Date and End Date field, specify the time range when the transaction was completed.  
  8. In the Service Type drop-down list, select the relevant option.  
  9. Click the Search button. The SRN status is displayed. 

Happy Investing! 

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