Tax Credits for Childcare


What are Tax-Credits?

Tax-Free Childcare is a scheme where for every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2 (up to £2000 per child, per year). If you have a disabled child, you can receive up to £4,000 per child – that’s up to £1,000 every three months.

Tax-Free Childcare cannot be used with Tax Credits, Childcare Vouchers or Universal Credit!


How would Tax Credits help me and my child?

If you are an existing tax credits customer you can claim back up to 70% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 16 (or under 17 for disabled children).

Depending on your income, you could get up to £122.50 a week for one child or £210 for two or more.


How do I apply for Tax Credits?

Tax credits are closed to new applications for the majority of people from 1 February 2019.

Universal Credit is replacing a number of existing benefits, including tax credits. If you are already receiving tax credits, you don’t need to do anything now.

If you cannot make a new claim for tax credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit instead!


When and how can I use Tax-Free Childcare?

Tax Credits can be used for your child’s bills, which can include costs for lunches, nappies and other consumables.