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If your business or scheme is struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand this might make it difficult for you to pay your invoice within 28 days this autumn.

To help schemes or sponsoring employers struggling due to the economic impact of the coronavirus, we’re putting in place an option which gives you the possibility of up to 90 days to pay the levy without incurring an interest charge.

It’s always been possible to apply for a payment plan to help spread the cost of the levy. 

Last year we announced changes to the way applications for a payment plan could be made and interest would be charged to those schemes who took up the option. 

Legislation means we can’t routinely extend the levy invoice payment terms. But if you have been impacted by COVID-19 and can commit to paying your levy invoice within 90 days, we can waive the interest on the late payment, if the relevant criteria are met.

How to apply

When you receive your levy invoice, you’ll need to complete our online COVID-19 notification form. You’ll need to explain how COVID-19 has negatively impacted your scheme or business, and that as a result you’ll have difficulty paying your levy within 28 days. 

If we’re satisfied with your application, we’ll confirm that you have up to 90 days to pay the levy.  If all payments are made within that period, we’ll charge no interest.

Please note, you can’t apply until you’ve received your invoice.

How to find out more

There’s more information and guidance on our help paying your levy page.

If you haven’t been financially impacted by COVID-19 but will still struggle to pay your levy within 28 days, you’ll also find information about applying to pay your levy by instalments.