25 July 2016

Timetable for Completing 2016 CITB Levy Return

CITB has written to employers setting out the timetable for completing the 2016 CITB Levy Return, a process which has been delayed due to system changes at CITB.

Filling-in your levy return
Employers will be able to fill in a postal levy return as normal, or have the option to complete their return online:

Postal levy return – Employers will receive their levy return forms in mid-August 2016
Online levy return – Online users will be able to submit their levy return from the beginning of September 2016. Employers will be notified once the service is available.

The deadline for completing postal and online returns is 31 December 2016. Due to the levy return process being delayed, employers who submit their levy return by the 31 December deadline will still qualify for Supplementary Payment.

Levy assessment
Employers will receive their 2016 Levy Assessment paperwork in March 2017 as normal. All employers should have already received their 2015 Levy Assessment. If not, please contact CITB on 0344 994 4455.

Claiming CITB Grants
The 2016/17 Grants Scheme Year will begin on 1 August 2016 and eligible claims can be submitted from this date. The rules on claiming grant will be:

• Grant claims submitted between 1 August 2016 – 31 December 2016 will be paid regardless of whether the employer has completed their 2016 levy return
• Grant claims submitted between 1 January 2017 – 31 July 2017 will only be paid to employers who submit their 2016 levy return by the deadline of 31 December 2016.

This is particularly important for employers paying both the CITB Levy and the Apprenticeship Levy and who will be eligible for support under a one year transitional package covering the first year of the Apprenticeship Levy’s operation. The Apprenticeship Levy will begin in April 2017, and eligible employers will receive support under the transition package through an Enhanced Training Grant. As a result, employers who do not submit their 2016 levy return on time will not receive support under the transition package for the period 1 April 2017 – 31 July 2017.

The rates for the 2016/2017 Grants Scheme will remain unchanged from the previous year.

More information on completing your levy return is available on the CITB website.