HMRC urges working families to save on childcare costs

15 Mar 2024

HMRC is urging working parents to make use of its Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme to help save on Easter childcare costs.

It stated that working families can save up to £2,000 a year per child, or £4,000 if their child is disabled, on childcare bills under TFC.

The scheme helps parents to pay for approved childcare for children aged 11 or under, or up to 16 if the child has a disability. HMRC is reminding families that they can receive up to £500 every three months – for every £8 paid into their online TFC account, they will automatically receive an additional £2 top up from the government.

TFC can be used to help pay for childminders, nurseries, breakfast and after school clubs, HMRC said.

Myrtle Lloyd, Direct General for Customer Services at HMRC, commented: 'Springtime is a good opportunity to take a fresh look at family finances. A quick check online and you can find out how TFC can help cut the cost of your childcare bills. Every bit of financial support helps – I would urge families to 'hop to it' and search 'Tax-Free Childcare' on GOV.UK to find out how you could be better off and open your account today.'

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