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Tax Free Childcare - What is Tax Free Childcare?

What is Tax Free Childcare?

Tax-Free Childcare is a new scheme which will be phased in from 28 April 2017 and will offer working families 20% support towards qualifying childcare costs.  

It will replace the Employer Supported Childcare Scheme, sometimes also known as the Childcare Voucher Scheme.

The scheme will be open to almost two million families in the UK and will be delivered by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

As well as full-time employees working for an employer, for the first time, it will cover you if you are:

  • Self employed

  • Working part time

  • On maternity, paternity or adoption leave

  • Starting your own business.

The scheme will be available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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