Tax-Free childcare (TFC) is a new scheme that was introduced gradually between January 2017 and February 2018. It was originally supposed to start in October 2015 however the scheme was delayed.
TFC is the Government’s new way of providing childcare support to parents and it will eventually replace directly contracted childcare and childcare vouchers currently offered through employers.
New regulations (11 December 2020): Tax Credits, Childcare Payments and Childcare (Extended Entitlement) (Coronavirus and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.1515/2020) - New regulations put on a statutory footing the coronavirus-related easement of the qualifying paid work criterion that enables claimants to retain eligibility to Tax-Free Childcare >> More tax-free childcare regulations
New regulations (30 June 2020): Childcare Payments (Coronavirus and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.656/2020) - New
regulations include provision for critical workers who exceed the maximum income threshold due to increased income for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to continue to claim Tax-Free Childcare >> More tax-free childcare regulations
New regulations (17 March 2020): Tax Credits, Child Benefit, Guardian’s Allowance and Childcare Payments (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.297/2020) - New regulations that, from 6 April 2020, make miscellaneous amendments in relation to tax credits, child benefit, guardian's allowance and the childcare payment scheme >> More tax-free childcare regulations