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Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
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Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AN
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Help with Childcare Costs

Tax Credits

You may qualify for help towards the costs of childcare, if the childcare you use is registered with CIW.   If you work, you could get extra tax credits to help with your childcare costs.

Child Tax Credit supports families with children (this can include children until their 16th birthday and young persons aged from 16 but under 20 years old).

You can claim whether or not you are in work.

Working Tax Credits supports working people whether employed or self-employed, on low incomes by topping up their earnings.

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit does not affect Child Benefit payments which are paid separately.

Tax Free Childcare Scheme 

The Tax Free Childcare scheme will be available to around 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare.  Find out about the top ten things you need to know about the new scheme.

Childcare Choices - Top things parents need to know about Tax-Free Childcare

Childcare Choices - Customer Journey

 Childcare Vouchers

 Your employer may offer you childcare vouchers to help with your childcare costs. They could be in return for a reduction in your pay – known as a ‘salary sacrifice’.   Childcare vouchers may affect the amount of tax credits you can get.  

You will need to contact your employer to ask if they use a childcare voucher scheme.  Childcare voucher schemes are widely recognised by registered childcare providers as a form of payment.

The voucher scheme will be changing due to the introduction of the new Tax Free Childcare Scheme 2017.   As of October 2018 , the Childcare Voucher scheme will close to new applicants.

 Childcare Choices website 


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