In the Finance Bill 2016 legislation will be introduced for the new Apprenticeship Levy which will take effect from 6 April 2017. Currently draft legislation has been published to introduced this new levy.
The new Apprenticeship Levy will be paid by employers and will help fund new apprenticeships in the future. This levy of 0.5% will be charged on employers’ paybills which will be based on the total employee earnings subject to Class 1 secondary NICs. The levy will be payable through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and will be payable alongside income tax and National Insurance.
An annual allowance of €15,000 will be made available to each employer to offset against their levy payment, which calculates that the Levy will only be payable on paybills on over £3 million in that tax year. Similar to the Employment Allowance Claim, an employer who operates multiple payroll schemes will only be able to claim one annual allowance for this levy.