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Has the childcare voucher scheme closed?

Q: I was aware that the employer provided childcare vouchers scheme was due to end to new entrants from April 2018. Has the deadline been extended?

A: Yes the deadline has been extended from 5 April 2018 to 4 October 2018. See www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/childcare-vouchers. Employees who joined the scheme prior to 4 October 2018 can continue to receive tax/NIC free vouchers (maximum of £55 per week) until the 01 September following their child’s 15th birthday. After October 2018 there is a new Tax-free Childcare account into which the government will contribute £0.20p for every £0.80 paid in by the parent (or employer or family member). The government contribution is capped at £2000 per year and stops on the 01 September following the child’s 11th Birthday. See www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/tax-free-childcare.