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Increase in tax exemption threshold for child day care

About the increase in exemption thresholds for child day care

You must be making payments to a registered child care provider, for looking after your qualifying child if they are aged 12 or under.

Child care providers include:

  • family child carers
  • day nurseries, including states-provided nursery schools
  • accredited nannies

If you need help completing the childcare relief section on your tax return watch our help video.

Filling out your personal tax form

Who can claim

You will receive the increase to your exemption threshold for paying child care if you are entitled to the child allowance exemption and are: 

  • a married couple who are both working, each with earnings of more than £5,000
  • in a civil partnership who are both working, each with earnings of more than £5,000
  • a married couple where one of the spouses is not working due to severe illness or disability
  • in a civil partnership and one of the partners is not working due to severe illness or disability  
  • an employed single mother with earnings of more than £4,500
  • an employed single father with earnings of more than £4,500
  • a person in a co-habiting relationship paying for the child care with earnings of more than £4,500

Amount of increase to exemption thresholds

Enhanced child care relief

You can claim enhanced childcare tax relief for each year of assessment up to and including the year in which your child is entitled to support in respect of early years education.

Standard child care relief  

If your child is over the age of 4 before 31 August in the year of assessment and aged 12 or under, the standard increase for child care will apply.

​Year of assessment​Enhanced child care relief maximum amount per qualifying child (£)​Standard child care relief maximum amount per qualifying child (£)
​2016
​14,000​6,150
​2017
16,000​​6,150
​2018
​16,000
​6,150

 'Second earner' calculation

If you are married or in a civil partnership, the relief is calculated on the earnings of the 'lower earner' and their earnings must exceed £5,000.

Example 1: both spouses working with earnings of £25,000 each, child care fees paid £10,000

​Marginal tax calculation without child care tax relief ​​Marginal tax calculation with child care tax relief ​

​Joint income

Less

Married exemption

Second earner's deduction

Child allowance

Total deductions

Taxable income

​£50,000


(£23,950)

(£5,850)


(£3,000)

(£32,800)

£17,200

​Joint Income

Less

Married exemption

Second earner's deduction

Child allowance

Child care tax relief

Total deductions

Taxable income

£50,000​


​(£23,950)

(£5,850)

(£3,000)

(£10,000)

(£42,800)

£7,200

​Marginal tax rate 26%

Tax = £4,472​Marginal relief rate 26%Tax = £1,872
Pays 8.95% tax on their total income for the year​ ​Pays 3.75% tax on their total income for the year​ ​

Example 2: both spouses working, one has earnings of £10,000, the other has earnings of £40,000, child care fees paid £10,000

​ ​Marginal tax calculation without child care tax relief​ Marginal tax calculation with child care tax relief

​Joint income

Less

Married exemption

Second earner's deduction

Child allowance

Total deductions

Taxable income

£50,000

(£23,950)

(£5,850)

(£3,000)

(£32,800)

£17,200

​Joint income

Less

Married exemption

Second earner's deduction

Child allowance

Child care tax relief

Total deductions

Taxable income

​£50,000


(£23,950)

(£5,850)

(£3,000)

(£5,000)*

(£37,800)

£12,200

​Marginal relief rate 26%Tax = £4,472​Marginal relief rate 26%Tax = £3,172
Pays 8.95% tax on their total income for the year​ ​Pays 6.34% tax on their total income for the year
*Child care relief has been calculated as follows: Second earner's income £10,000 less the first £5,000 of that income = £5,000. This is the maximum child care relief that can be claimed in this example. ​ ​ ​

How you claim

Your tax return includes a section for claiming childcare tax relief. 

As evidence of the payments made, you will need to get a certificate from the person or establishment concerned for each child in care. This will confirm:

  • the child care provider's name
  • the child care provider's registration number (if applicable)
  • the child's name
  • the child's date of birth
  • your name
  • the total payments you have made for child care in the year

When you send in your completed tax return, enclose the completed certificate(s).

Child care relief certificate (for completion by child care providers only)

Checking if your childcare provider is registered

Any person or setting that looks after your child and provides a professional service must be registered under the Day Care of Children (Jersey) Law 2002.

Nannies are accredited by the Jersey Child Care Trust.

Childcare information

You can find the full list of childcare providers on the Jersey Child Care Trust website.

Childcare certificate calculator

If you're an accredited nanny you can use the calculator below to correctly complete childcare certificates in accordance with the law. Advice and assistance is also available from the Jersey Child Care Trust.

Calculator to produce child care certificates (accredited nannies only)

Other support for childcare​

You may qualify for help towards the cost of child care from income support. Payments made to childcare providers by income support can't be claimed as a deduction for tax.

Income support rates

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