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Parents urged to use Tax-Free Childcare for wrap-around care costs

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

HMRC has urged working parents to take advantage of Tax-Free Childcare support to help pay for breakfast and after school clubs.

With millions of children returning to school this week, families are reminded that they can receive a 20 per cent government top-up to help towards the cost of wrap-around childcare.

The top-up is paid into the child’s Tax-Free Childcare account and the money can go towards the cost of childminders, breakfast and after school clubs, as well as approved play schemes.

Tax-free childcare is available to working parents and carers who have children aged up to 11, or 17 if their child is disabled.

For every £8 they deposit into their account, they will receive a £2 top-up, up to the value of £500 every three months, or £1,000 if their child is disabled.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s director general for customer services, said: “As your children head back to school this autumn, don’t miss out on the opportunity to receive your 20 per cent top-up to help pay for their childcare.

“It is quick and easy to sign-up, just search ‘tax-free childcare’ on GOV.UK.”

Tax-Free Childcare is also available for pre-school aged children attending nurseries, childminders or other accredited childcare providers.

Parents and carers, who are returning to work after parental leave, can apply for a Tax-Free Childcare account for that child before they need to start using it.

Families can start depositing money 31 days before they return to work, maximising the potential government top-up saving.