How does it work?
Parents can choose to 'exchange' part of their salary in return for childcare vouchers, thus reducing the amount of salary on which tax and National Insurance contributions are made. Please follow the link for further information on salary sacrifice benefits.
Once this has been arranged, the agreed amount will be deducted from your salary and your carer will be paid directly by Computershare.
You do not have to change your childcare arrangements in order to sign up for the scheme.
How long do I have to sign up for?
You can sign up to the scheme for 3, 6, 12 months or for an 'indefinite' period of time. To leave the scheme you need to provide Computershare with 1 months’ notice.
Will the childcare element of my Working Tax Credit be affected?
It could be, but it may actually be in your favour. Tax Credit is worked out on your total taxable income, and as you receive less of it when you make your salary sacrifice, your WTC could actually go up.
However, your Computershare Childcare vouchers benefit means you'll be paying less in real terms for childcare and this might have the effect of lowering the amount you can claim in the childcare element of WTC.
For more information regarding WTC see Tax Credits Online or call the helpline on 0845 300 3900