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Tax free childcare

Tax free childcare is a new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare.

Parents will be able to open an online account, which they can use to pay for childcare from a registered provider.

For every £8 a parent pays in, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can receive up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs, or £4,000 for disabled children.

The scheme will be available for children under the age of 12, or under 17 for children with disabilities.

To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each expecting to earn at least £120 a week. Each parent must not have income over £100,000 per year.

Tax free childcare scheme

Tax free childcare was introduced on 28 April 2017.

Parents will be able to apply for all their children at the same time, when their youngest child becomes eligible:

What do I need to know if I’m a provider?

Childcare providers across the country are signing up for the government’s new tax-free childcare offer helping working parents with the cost of childcare.

Childcare providers must sign up to be able to receive payments from parents through the scheme. Visit the Government's Childcare Service portal to sign up to the scheme.

To sign up providers will need to provide:

  • the unique code included in their invitation letter
  • the bank account details for the account they wish to receive payments into
  • their Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number – or their National Insurance number, if they don’t have a UTR.

Its important providers sign up as soon as possible to be ready for the scheme’s launch.

Visit the GOV.UK website for information on what childcare providers should know about the tax free childcare scheme.

Last updated: 30/03/2022 09:45

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