Q. In September 2013 I started working through my own company but I haven’t drawn a salary yet. Can I award myself tax free childcare vouchers as an employee of my company? I was previously on a salary of £50,000 with my former employer. Would that affect the amount of childcare vouchers I can receive tax free in this tax year?
A. As an employee of your company you can receive childcare vouchers. The other conditions of a childcare voucher scheme must also be met, For example, all other employees of your company should be offered childcare vouchers on the same terms. Your previous salary is not relevant to the amount of tax free childcare vouchers you can receive from your current employer. If your expected salary for this tax year (don’t include dividends or bonuses you may receive), will be less than the basic rate band – pro rata over the rest of the year, you can receive the maximum of £55 of tax free childcare vouchers per week.