How does my company claim skills levies?

To put the Skills Development legislation into context, it essentially provides an enabling framework to increase the volumes of education and training, while, simultaneously, improving the quality of that same education and training. The strategy embodied by this legislation has elements of ‘push’ and ‘pull’ in it (in other words, ‘stick’ – pay a Skills Development Levy (SDL) and ‘carrot’ – claim something back from your SDL).

How can your company claim from the skills levies?

1. Contribute towards the Skills Development Levies (SDL)

Check if you are registered for Skills Levies. If you are not registered, you must visit your nearest South African Revenue Services (SARS) offices and complete the applicable form. SARS official will be able to assist with the completion of the form. They will ensure you pay regularly.

2. Be registered with your SETA

SARS determine to which SETA the company belongs and thus which SETA levies should be paid too.

3. Submit your Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR) for 1 April – 30 March of the following year by 30 June of that same year.

Appoint a Skills Development Facilitator (SDF). The SDF should be registered with the applicable SETA) The SDF is responsible for planning, implementation and reporting SETA on training in the company. He must facilitate the consultation process in the development of the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and Annual Training Report (ATR), follow up on the payment of levies to SARS also submit WSP and ATR

You can claim for training that isn’t given by SETA-accredited companies. You can claim for structured, internal, day-to-day training and learnerships. It is imperative to directly contact the SETA your company is registered with to enquire how to claim for these expenses. Procedures differ vastly for each SETA.

Please note that each Seta’s requirements may differ. Please contact your applicable Seta directly and propose a meeting.

Skills Levies

Related Links

Basic Guide to Registering for the Skills Development Levy

The Skills Development Levy Act stipulates that employers must register to pay the levy.


Basic Guide to Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs)

Sector Education and Training Authorities are required to work out and implement sector skills plans and promote learnerships. They are responsible for handing out funds.


The South African Revenue Service (SARS)

Visit the South African Revenue Service (SARS) website


Last updated: February 04, 2019

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