As per last year’s amendments, if an EPF account has been lying idle for 36 months or more, it will not become automatically inoperative. It will continue to accrue interest. The provisions of the EPF scheme have now been amended to change the definition of inoperative. As per the provisions, an EPF account will become inoperative only if the employee retires from service after reaching the age of 55 years or if they go abroad permanently. In both these cases, if an application for withdrawal of the EPF is not made within 36 months, then the account becomes inoperative. So, even if you are terminated or leave a job, your EPF account will be active and you will continue to earn interest on your EPF account.