How the annual Industry Funding Levy is calculated
The method of calculating a financial service provider’s annual levy varies depending on the industry classification within which the provider falls.
There are currently 13 categories contained in the Regulations. A financial service provider may fall into more than one industry category. In such a case, the financial services provider must pay the levy for each category.
For example: a credit union (Category F) may also hold a multi-agency intermediary authorisation (Category C) and is therefore obliged to pay the levy for both categories.
2013 Industry Funding Levy Categories
Full details of the varying bases of individual levy calculations can be accessed through each of the category links below, and in the Guide to Industry Funding Regulations.
The Central Bank of Ireland sends almost all financial service providers a levy notice after the regulations are made. The levy must be paid no later than 35 days from the date on the levy notice. If a financial services provider fails to pay the levy by the required date, the Central Bank of Ireland may take steps to recover the amount of the levy. Recovery action may include court proceedings.
However, if a financial service provider does not receive a levy notice, they are still legally obliged to pay the levy calculated in accordance with the appropriate industry category as set out in the Regulations.
In such a case, the financial service provider should request a copy of the levy notice by sending an email to email@example.com
Each financial service provider will be liable to a levy for the portion of the year in respect of which it holds an authorisation from the Bank. It follows that financial service providers authorised in 2013 will be liable to a levy covering the period from the date of authorisation to 31 December 2013. Similarly, financial service providers whose authorisation is revoked during the course of 2013 will be liable to a levy covering the period 1 January 2013 to the date on which the relevant authorisation is revoked.
The preferred methods of payment are by Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
Download a Direct Debit form here.
If paying by EFT: to ensure payments are dealt with efficiently, a payment reference must be included in the Text Field (Field 72) and must include at least one of the following details: account number and/or levy notice. Failure to include the required details may result in the payment being returned at the remitter's expense and the levy remaining due.
Other payment methods
Payment by cheque will also be accepted. They should be made payable to IFSRA No. 1 account.
Download this document for full details of the payment options available.
A financial service provider may appeal the levy amount to the Deputy Governor (Financial Regulation) to change the amount of the levy where it considers that the amount is incorrectly assessed but must do so no later than 21 days following the date of the levy notice. A financial services provider may only dispute the amount of assessment. A financial services provider cannot dispute an amount correctly calculated from the Schedule to the Regulations.
Any such appeals must be in writing and must:
- dispute the calculation of the levy because of either (a) an incorrect figure, or (b) an incorrect category or categories;
- set out the grounds of the appeal in detail;
- be accompanied by the amount of required levy contribution that is not in dispute; and
- include any supporting documentation or representations, where relevant.
Once an appeal has been considered and the financial services provider has been notified of the decision, it must pay the balance of the levy owing (if any) within 10 days of the date of notification. If a financial services provider fails to pay the levy by the required date the Bank may take steps to recover the amount of the levy. Recovery action may include court proceedings.