CHILDCARE VOUCHERS VS. TAX-FREE CHILDCARE

Give your working parents childcare choice before the OCTOBER deadline.

Employees who pay for childcare can save up to £933 a year thanks to childcare vouchers. But the introduction of the Government backed Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) means that childcare voucher schemes close to new parents on 4th October 2018.   

How does this impact the parents in your workplace?

CHILDCARE VOUCHERS:

  1. - For children from birth to 15 years old, or 16 if disabled
  2. - Saving of up to £933 per year
  3. - Both parents can take part meaning double savings available
  4. - No minimum earning limit (NMW/NLW applies)
  5. - No income limit (NMW/NLW applies)
  6. - Available to single parents or couples with one working parent
  7. - Opted in parents can add additional children to the scheme after April
  8. ‚Äč- Parents can opt out and join TFC in the future

TAX-FREE CHILDCARE:

  1. - For children from birth until 11 years old, or 16 if disabled
  2. - Up to £2,000 per child or £4,000 per disabled child
  3. - Must be earning £120+ per week to be eligible
  4. - Available only to parents who earn under £100,000
  5. - If a couple; both parents must work a minimum of 16 hours per week
  6. - Eligibility to be re-confirmed every 90 days
  7. - Cannot opt out and join a childcare voucher scheme in the future

CHILDCARE VOUCHERS GIVES THE BEST VALUE TO:

  1. - Lower rate taxpayers with childcare costs of £9,336 or less per year
    - Families with one working parent
    - Parents who earn over £100,000
    - Parents looking to save on childcare costs from 12 to 15 years old

GIVE CHILDCARE CHOICE:

Let your employees choose the childcare option that is the most beneficial to them. Introduce care-4, the UK’s leading childcare voucher scheme to your workplace before it’s too late.
 
You have until the 30th September 2018 to sign up to care-4. It takes 10 minutes and can be rolled out to your workforce in hours. To save after October 2018 employees need to have registered, been approved by you and made a payment from their salary into their care-4 account before 5th October 2018. Don’t miss out - sign up to care-4 today.

As well as putting £££s back in your working parents pockets – your organisation will save with care-4 too. For each employee in the scheme, you will make up to £402 in National Insurance savings. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to offer an employee benefit that positively impacts your workplace and workforce.

SIGN UP NOW
 

As a result of the developing situation with regards to the current Covid-19 outbreak and, in particular, the recent government announcement regarding school closures, we wanted to provide you with some further information to help you make an informed choice regarding your care-4 participation.
 
Should I continue paying into my account if I'm now spending less on childcare?
Whilst we acknowledge that the current situation is very uncertain, if you are likely to require childcare in the future, we recommend that you continue with your salary deductions (remembering that you can choose to reduce the value temporarily if required).
 
Can I reduce my monthly salary deduction temporarily?
Yes – this can be done either via your online care-4 account or, if your employer operates a Flexible Benefits scheme, through your Benefits Provider platform. The value can subsequently be increased as and when required.
 
If I leave the scheme can I re-join?
Yes, you can choose to temporarily leave the scheme but please be aware that in line with new Tax Free Childcare regulations, you must ensure that you restart deductions within 12 months - if you fail to do so then unfortunately you will be unable to re-join the scheme.
 
Can I withdraw my funds?
Due to HMRC regulations which your employer must adhere to, you are unable to convert any excess balance in your account to cash by way of a refund. Instead, accrued funds will remain in your secure care-4 account for use in payment to eligible carers at a later date.
 
Are the funds in my account safe?
Yes. All funds received from our clients in respect of childcare payments are deposited and held in specifically designated bank accounts which are used solely for the purpose of handling care-4 client funds. The operational procedures we have in place illustrate that all such funds are client monies. 
 
Should you require further assistance please contact us either via email at: info@care-4.co.uk or by calling our helpline on 0344 800 1444.