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Skills development levy – How to get some of your money back

Fact: Skills Development Levy (SDL) is paid by every employer whose salary bill exceeds R500,000 per annum. It is 1% of the salary bill and is collected by SARS.

Did you know? Employers who are up-to-date with their levy payments can claim a grant from the appropriate SETA if they submit a report each year on the implementation of their workplace skills plan before the date stipulated by the SETA, in most cases 30 April.

How is SDL calculated and what can I claim?

For example:

  • 10 employees x R15 000 monthly income = R1 800 000 annual payroll
  • 1% of that is R18 000 which is paid annually to SARS as SDL.
  • By submitting a Workplace Skills Plan (WSP)/ Annual Training Report (ATR) up to 20%, which comes to R3 600, can be claimed back
  • 50% claims in Discretionary Grants can also be up to R9 000.

Sounds like too much of a schlepp?

Moonstone is ready to work with companies to align their WSP to their BEE and Employment Equity targets, ultimately, allowing the organisation to identify areas where skills are needed and plan interventions to answer the needs. “Our consultants have the expert skills and knowledge of more than 18 years in their field to advise them on the best practice process to compliance,” according to Stephanie Engelbrecht, Skills Development Consultant of Moonstone Information Refinery.

For more information, contact the Moonstone team at

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