Working Tax Credits
Working Tax Credits can help you meet the cost of registered childcare – this is known as the childcare element of Working Tax Credit.
You can claim the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit if :
- You are a lone parent, you must be 16 or over and must work at least 16 hours per week
- You are a couple, you must both be aged 16 years or over and either
- both of you must work at least 16 hours a week, or
- one partner must work at least 16 hours a week and the other partner must be incapacitated or an inpatient in hospital or in prison (whether serving a custodial sentence or remanded in custody awaiting trial or sentence)
You can claim the childcare element for the costs of SCSWIS registered childcare you pay for but you can only claim for the amounts you actually pay out. You cannot claim for costs covered by any government grants, including childcare vouchers, or education funded grant.
For further advice about tax credits phone the HMRC helpline on 0345 300 3900, or access the relevant section of their website – www.gov.uk
Please be aware that the legitimacy of tax credit claims is checked by the Inland Revenue. In addition, the nursery has a duty to report any known fraudulent claims to the Inland Revenue, this includes non payment of fees.