Contributed by HMRC
28/03/2023 - HMRC
With the Easter school holidays nearly here, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding families in the East of England not to miss out on government help to pay for childcare.
Tax-Free Childcare can pay for any approved childcare for children aged 11 or under, or 16 if the child has a disability. Almost 39,500 families in the East of England used the scheme in December 2022.
Working families, where each parent or carer earns up to £100,000 can use it, meaning for every £8 paid into an online account they will receive an additional £2 from the government. This means parents and carers can receive up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year for each child), or £1,000 (£4,000 a year for each child) if their child is disabled.
Whether children go to nursery, a childminder, attend breakfast, after school or holiday clubs, as well as out of school activities, Tax-Free Childcare could be used.
“Tax-Free Childcare provides extra help with childcare costs which could make all the difference to working families and make childcare expenses more manageable. I would urge families to go online today to find out how it can help you.”
“Childcare is so important for working families, especially during school holiday time. Tax-Free Childcare provides financial support when it’s needed the most. Search ‘Tax-Free Childcare’ on GOV.UK to find out how it could help you.”
A Tax-Free Childcare account can be opened online in just 20 minutes. Money can be deposited at any time to be used straight away, or whenever it is needed. Unused money in the account can be withdrawn at any time. Go to GOV.UK to register and get started.
Families could be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare if they:
A full list of the eligibility criteria is available on GOV.UK.
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