Childcare costs - how to work them out for your tax credits claim
You can get extra tax credits to help with the cost of registered or approved childcare that you pay for. The amount of tax credits you'll get is based on your average weekly childcare costs.
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How to work out your childcare costs
There is a simple calculator you can use on the GOV.UK website to work out your average weekly costs. Follow the link below.
Tax credits: working out your childcare costs on GOV.UK (Opens new window)
Why you need to work out your childcare costs
You need to work out your average weekly costs accurately if you're:
- claiming help through tax credits for your childcare costs
- already getting tax credits and your childcare costs change - you may need to report a change in circumstances
Otherwise you may get paid too much - or not enough - tax credits.
What not to include in your costs
Only include childcare costs you actually pay yourself when using the GOV.UK calculator.
Don't include costs covered by any of the following:
- childcare payments from your employer - either in money or childcare vouchers
- childcare vouchers in return for a reduction in your pay - this is called a 'salary sacrifice'
- childcare payments or grants from a Government Scheme, for example to help you start work or because you are a student
- childcare costs met by your educational or local authority for your child's nursery childcare
More useful links
Help with childcare costs - do you qualify?
Children with disabilities - can you get extra Child Tax Credit?