Employer-Supported Childcare Scheme
This information applies to small businesses where the Parent(s) work within their own company and pay for childcare.
The business must be a limited company and the owners are Directors/employees of the company.
There are two types of scheme – a salary sacrifice scheme and an addition to salary scheme.
Salary Sacrifice Scheme
In a Salary Sacrifice Scheme, employees agree to reduce their existing salary in exchange for receiving childcare vouchers. The employer and employee enter into a Salary Sacrifice Agreement and the employer then amends the payroll to reflect the change in salary.
Addition to Salary Scheme
In an Addition to Salary Scheme, employees receive childcare vouchers on top of their salary. The vouchers can still be provided Tax and NI free. Providing the vouchers are kept within the prescribed limits (£55 a week or £243 per month), they do not have to be declared on P11D's.
Some smaller companies do run the scheme on an additional benefit basis which enables you to receive further income from the company in the form of Childcare Vouchers tax and NI free (up to a maximum of £243 per month) and also the value of the vouchers and administration are a cost to the company and, therefore, set against the Company’s Corporation Tax liability.
About Childcare Vouchers
Since April 2006, businesses have been able to offer employees up to £55 a week (or £243 a month) in childcare vouchers and can be provided Tax and NI FREE.
This is an efficient way of distributing company profits. If running the scheme on a salary sacrifice basis each employee can save up to £933 a year for basic rate tax payers or up to £622 for higher rate tax payers.
The company would also save 13.8% on employer’s National Insurance Contributions – savings up to £402 per employee.