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Self-employed, do I get any help towards nursery costs?

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IguanoMum Thu 06-Jan-11 15:00:08

Hi all, I need to go back to work, but in order to do so, I would have to send DD to nursery. I have heard that if both DP and I are working, we can get up help with up to 80% of the nursery costs. Do you know if this is valid ok for those of us who are self-employed?

Lizcat Thu 06-Jan-11 16:47:29

I only know the answer relating to salary sacrifice as I questioned this with my MP who then put a question at Prime ministers Question time and the answer was no you can not do this as a self employed person as you get too many other perks!!!!
As far as work tax credits etc are concerned I am sure someone more knowledgable will come along.

DurhamDurham Thu 06-Jan-11 16:57:01

You could get help through Tax Credits but it would depend on your husband's and your own comnbined income. It's a sliding scale. If you undersestimate your income from being self emplyed you may have to pay back any Tax Credit overpayment the following year. Most couples I help with benefits don't get any help with nursery fees as their combined incomes take them over the threshold.

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