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Childcare element of Working Tax Credit - How much is the childcare element of Working Tax Credit?

Find out more about the Childcare element of Working Tax Credit.

How much is the childcare element of Working Tax Credit?

You can get up to 70 per cent of what you pay in childcare, to a maximum of:

  • £175 per week for one child
  • £300 per week for two or more children.

If you get childcare vouchers from your employer, you must deduct these from the amount of your childcare costs when claiming the childcare element of tax credits.  Some people will be better off claiming tax credits with the childcare element rather than childcare vouchers.  You can use the HMRC childcare indicator to help you decide.

Benefit Cap

The childcare element of Working Tax Credit is not included in the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age people can receive. You can read more about the Benefit Cap in our Benefit Cap guide.

Two Child Limit

The childcare element of Working Tax Credit is not affected by the Two Child Limit in Child Tax Credit. Even if you do not receive a Child Element in your Child Tax Credit for a certain child, you can still include their childcare costs in your claim for Working Tax Credit.

How will I be paid the childcare element of Working Tax Credit?

The childcare element of Working Tax Credit will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account.

Working Tax Credit is usually paid every four weeks.

 

Reviewed: August 2017

 

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