Levy transfers explained

How you can help a smaller business grow through transferring your levy contributions

What is Levy Transfer?

If you have a company pay bill of over £3 million, then you are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This is a requirement by government and means you must contribute 0.5% of your annual pay bill to taking on apprentices.

Often, levy paying employers don’t use all the apprenticeship levy they pay, and they can transfer up to 25% of their levy to another employer or return to general taxation.

The Apprenticeship Levy money can only be used to pay for apprenticeship training, this does not include apprentice wages and any other costs associated with employing an apprentice.

Understanding how the levy transfer system works ensures we can continue to train a competent and skilled workforce who can keep our industry alive.

I’m interested, how do I transfer my levy money?

Transfers are arranged through The Apprenticeship Service (TAS) portal, please refer to the link below for guidance.

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What happens to unused Levy?

Any unused levy expires after 24 months and is returned to HMRC.

Can the levy be used to pay apprentice wages?

No. Apprenticeship levy can only be used to pay for the cost of apprenticeship training courses.

What is the apprenticeship levy?

The apprenticeship levy is a form of taxation introduced by the government in 2019 to help companies offer more apprenticeships. It was introduced to benefit businesses by boosting essential training and developing apprenticeship programmes.