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E-Challan Return (ECR) - Payroll

Electronic Challan cum Return (ECR) is an electronic return in plain text format. All employers of covered establishments under EPF can now file Electronic Challan cum Return (ECR) from April 2012 and can dispense with filing physical returns in Form 5, 10, 12A, 3A, and 6A.

To export E-Challan Return

1.    Go to Gateway of Tally > Display > Payroll Reports > Statutory Reports > Provident Fund > E-Challan Return (ECR).


1.    Go to Gateway of Tally > Display > Statutory Reports > Payroll Reports > Provident Fund > E-Challan Return (ECR).

2.    Press Backspace in the Exporting PF E-Return screen to configure the fields.

o     By default, Language and Format are preset as Restricted (ASCII Only) and SDF (Fixed Width) respectively.

o     In Export Location field, enter details of the path to where the txt file is to be exported.

o     In Output File Name field, the file name will be displayed automatically.

o     Set the option Open Exported File to Yes if you want to open the file after export.

o     Specify the period for which ECR is exported in From and To fields.

o     ECR can be generated for a single category of employees or all categories. Select accordingly in the Employee Category field.

o     ECR can be generated for a single employee, group of employees or all  employees. Select accordingly in the Employee/Group field.

o     ECR can be sorted based on the different set of information available in the returns file. Select the accordingly in the Sorting Method field.

o     In Display employee name as field, select the display style of the employee name.

3.    Press Enter to export E-Challan Return.