Priority of payment of contributions over other debts is defined under section 11 of Employees Provident Funds Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952. Provisions under Section 11 of EPF Act 1952 are :
Section 11 of Employees Provident Funds Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 "Priority of payment of contributions over other debts"
(1) Where any employer is adjudicated insolvent or, being a company, an order for winding up is made, the amount due -
(a) from the employer in relation to an establishment to which any Scheme or the Insurance Scheme applies in respect of any contribution payable to the Fund or, as the case may be, the Insurance Fund damages recoverable under section 14B, accumulations required to be transferred under sub-section 2 of section 15 or any charges payable by him under any other provision of this Act or of any provision of the Scheme or the Insurance Scheme; or
(b) from the employer in relation to an exempted establishment in respect of any contribution to the provident fund or any insurance fund in so far as it relates to exempted employees, under the rules of the provident fund or any insurance fund, any contribution payable by him towards the Pension Fund under sub-section 6 of section 17, damages recoverable under section 14B or any charges payable by him to the appropriate Government under any provision of this Act, or under any of the conditions specified under section 17, shall where the liability therefore has accrued before the order of adjudication or winding up is made, be deemed to be included among the debts which under section 49 of the Presidency Towns Insolvency Act, 1909 (3 of 1909) or under section 61 of the Provincial Insolvency Act, 1920 (5 of 1920) or under section 530 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956), are to be paid in priority to all other debts in the distribution of the property of the insolvent or the assets of the company being wound up, as the case may be.
Explanation. - In this sub-section, and in section 17, "insurance fund” means any fund established by an employer under any scheme for providing benefits in the nature of life insurance to employees, whether linked to their deposits in provident fund or not, without payment by the employees of any separate contribution or premium in that behalf.
(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section 1, if any amount is due from an employer, whether in respect of the employee"s contribution deducted from the wages of the employees or the employer"s contribution, the amount so due shall be deemed to be the first charge on the assets of the establishment, and shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, be paid in priority to all other debts.
Section 8 Mode of recovery of moneys due from employers
Section 8A Recovery of moneys by employers and contractors
Section 8B Issue of certificate to the Recovery Officer
Section 8C Recovery officer to whom certificate
Section 8D Validity of certificate, and amendment thereof
Section 8E Stay of proceedings under certificate and amendment or withdrawal thereof
Section 8F Other modes of recovery
Section 8G Application of certain provisions of Income-tax Act
Section 9 Fund to be recognised under Act 11 of 1922
Section 10 Protection against attachment
Section 12 Employer not to reduce wages, etc
Section 14A Offences by companies
Section 14B Power to recover damages
Section 14C Power of court to make orders
Section 15 Special provisions relating to existing provident funds
Section 16 Act not to apply to certain establishments
Section 18 Protection of Action taken in good faith
Section 19 Delegation of powers
Section 20 Power of Central Government to give directions
Section 21 Power to make rules
Section 22 Power to remove difficulties
Schedule I Matters of Industry engaged in Manufacture
Schedule II matters for which provision may be made in a scheme
Schedule III matters for which provision may be made in the pension scheme
Schedule IV matters to be provided in the employees deposit linked insurance scheme
Employees Provident Fund Appellate Tribunal (Procedure) Rules 1997