Could your childcare voucher entitlement change in April?

Changes to childcare voucher entitlements and eligibility will come into effect from 5th April 2014. This may affect which earnings threshold you fall into and, as a result, may alter the maximum amount you can take in childcare vouchers. Following the Chancellor’s budget 2014, there will be slight changes to the upper threshold of the ‘Basic Rate’ allowance for childcare vouchers, which could affect the amount you are entitled to take from your monthly salary.

From the start of the tax year on the 5th April 2014 the upper threshold of the ‘Basic Rate’ for childcare vouchers will be increased from £41,450 to £41,865. This means parents earning between £41,450 and £41,865 could, without a change to their salary, fall into the ‘Basic Rate’ bracket, and see their childcare voucher entitlement rise from £28 to £55 per week (increasing their potential tax and NI saving from £623 to £933 per year). 

Remember, if you still fall into the higher rate bracket and still wish to take the maximum allowance of childcare vouchers, you could choose to increase your contributions to another tax-exempt benefit, such as a pension contribution. This will reduce the income that is considered for the basic earnings assessment, which may increase the amount of vouchers you are entitled to take. For more information on changes to childcare vouchers and whether your maximum voucher allowance will be affected, please speak to your HR team.


April 2014 entitlements:


Maximum voucher allowance






Max savings per annum

Basic Rate £0 – £41,865*






Higher Rate £41,865* – £150,000






Additional Rate Over £150,000






* This value will change to £42,285 in 2015