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Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare, which will launch for eligible parents from early 2017, is a new government scheme that will help working families with their childcare costs.

Tax-Free Childcare is a new online government service to help parents to pay their childcare providers.  For every £8 a parent pays into their Childcare Account, the government will add an extra £2.  Parents can then use that money to pay towards childcare.

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare.

Parents can only pay childcare providers from their Childcare Account if the childcare providers have signed up to Tax-Free Childcare.

Many parents will want to pay for their childcare through this scheme, and to receive these payments, childcare providers must have signed up in advance.

Throughout September and October, HMRC will write to all registered childcare providers inviting them to sign-up to the scheme.

Childcare providers who have signed up will appear on our new online service which lets parents identify childcare providers who are able to receive payments via Tax-Free Childcare, before the scheme launches.

Childcare providers can sign up now so that parents can make childcare payments to you as soon as the service starts.

Once you have signed up parents will be able to use the online service to select you as their Childcare Provider and make payments direct to your Bank Account.

How to Sign Up

Go to

You will need :-

  • Your User ID (This will be included on the letter from HMRC)
  • Your Bank Account Details (the account you want childcare payments to be paid to)

and either

  • your business 10 digit Unique Tax Reference (UTR) – You can find this on your previous tax returns or other communications from HM Revenue and Customs;
  • or your national Insurance Number, if you are a nanny or childminder and don’t have a UTR.

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