The number of investigations launched by HMRC into the underpayment of the Apprenticeship Levy has more than doubled in a year to 84, up from 33 in 2017/18, says UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group.
HMRC collected an extra £6.2m through these investigations last year, up from £5.2m in 2017/18.
UHY Hacker Young says a growing number of businesses are finding the Apprenticeship Levy complex and difficult to comply with. This is leading to businesses underpaying which potentially leaves them exposed to substantial fines.
The Institute of Directors has suggested that a lack of clear information on how to pay the Apprenticeship Levy and its rushed implementation in April 2017 may have created confusion amongst businesses. Read more