Professional December 2017/January 2018

Payroll insight

Thirty hours free childcare This scheme helps working parents with the cost of childcare, and provides an additional fifteen hours of free childcare on top of the fifteen hours that is currently provided universally for three- and four-year olds. Working parents of three- and four-year olds in England may be entitled to up to thirty hours of free childcare, for 38 weeks of the year (or fewer hours over more weeks). Parents who have a child who turns three before 31 December 2017 should be applying now through the childcare service to claim thirty hours of free childcare for the spring term. Early application will ensure codes are issued in good time for next term. Not all parents can get a code straight away as HMRC sometimes needs more information to check whether a parent is eligible. Parents can apply now at http://bit. ly/2ydA4qv. Parents who received a code for the summer term will need to confirm their details are still correct before the January term and will receive an email or SMS message reminding them to do so. To confirm their details they will need to log on to the childcare service and follow the

Looking ahead The system was designed to make payments promptly and in line with the BACS timetable. HMRC are the first to acknowledge that this hasn’t always been delivered, in the early stages of rollout; and where extreme delays are being experienced, HMRC have been making payments by CHAPS. Looking ahead, and following feedback from stakeholders, HMRC are currently scoping the possibility of using faster payments for TFC. They will feed back to us the results of that work. Over to you As ever the policy team are keen to hear about your experiences with the roll out of the childcare service – whether that be: as a payroll professional working with employees who are exiting their employer supported childcare scheme; as a parent who has experience of opening their childcare service account and making payments in to and out of the service; or, indeed, as a childcare provider or provider of early years education. Let us know your experience by emailing us at . n

instructions on the ‘reconfirmation’ section of their account. Late applications or reconfirmation made outside of the deadline run the risk of the parent missing out on eligibility and once outside of the grace period (as set by local authorities) parents will lose eligibility and, as a result, have to pay childcare providers directly. ...following feedback from stakeholders, HMRC are currently scoping

the possibility of using faster payments...

As with the TFC service, this online offering has also experienced some issues with the application process and where affected eligible parents have been issued with a manual code to give to their provider to ensure they do not lose their child’s place.

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