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Claim childcare as an expense?

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solveproblem Tue 29-Jan-13 22:37:15

I'm probably being stupid but thought I'd ask anyway.

I have to travel sometimes with work and when I do my DC's have to be dropped of at childcare provider earlier.

I can claim for all costs incurred such as mileage, food etc. I've never claimed for the extra childcare that is needed.

Would you be able to claim for this as an expense with your employer? After all it is a cost I don't normally have when I'm in the office.

I don't want to ask my employer if this can be seen as an expense as it will make me seem entitled etc.

Melissakitkat Wed 30-Jan-13 18:01:15

Short answer - no not claimable.

Melissakitkat Wed 30-Jan-13 18:02:59

Long answer work does not require you to have children as part of your job therefore you cannot claim expenses to do with children you 'choose' to have. :0) am an accountant so know these things.

BikeRunSki Wed 30-Jan-13 18:04:15

I used to jobshare. Occasionally my jobsharer and I were both asked to be at work on the same day (training, big meeting etc) if we could arrange childcare, and our boss would pay our extra day's childcare.

solveproblem Wed 30-Jan-13 19:43:11

Thanks for your replies.

Melissakitkat Wed 30-Jan-13 20:03:26

If your boss pays your childcare this was be seen as a benefit in kind and would be taxable. Very unusual.

jkklpu Wed 30-Jan-13 22:35:16

For out-of-hours babysitting, eg because of travelling or evening events, I can claim babysitting costs, with an audit trail.

eightytwenty Wed 30-Jan-13 22:41:08

If I work an extra day, I do claim for childcare (I don't get these days counting towards pension/ bonus). I don't claim for evenings/ early mornings.

flowery Thu 31-Jan-13 14:26:59

Whether you can claim it from your employer is entirely up to them. It's not a legal thing whether it's claimable or not.

But if your employer does decide to pay it, it would be a taxable benefit.

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Sat 02-Feb-13 09:40:14

flowery, even if it's work outside of your normal hours? How is it different to it being ok to get a taxi home late but not being able to claim Day to day commuting costs without being taxed?

<genuinely curious>

flow4 Sun 03-Feb-13 15:23:32

I think the taxi home is also a 'perk' - i.e. something a good employer might do, but discretionary. And I reckon it would also be a taxable benefit (but Melissa/someone else better informed than me will confirm/refute).

flowery Sun 03-Feb-13 16:12:34

non taxable benefits, see page 8 for work to home travel when working late etc

flow4 Sun 03-Feb-13 17:17:38

That's interesting flowery, thanks. I've never had to work after 9pm, so that's why this tax exemption hasn't applied for me.

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