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Childcare Payments Act 2014

Childcare Accounts

Section 17: Opening a childcare account

88.Section 17 contains provision about opening a childcare account.

89.Subsection (1) requires a person to apply to HMRC to open a childcare account if they wish to receive top-up payments. Such a person is referred to as the applicant.

90.Subsection (2) permits HMRC to grant an application to open a childcare account, provided that the applicant has made a valid declaration of eligibility, the child is a qualifying child at the date of the application, and no-one else holds an active childcare account for the same child on the date that the application is granted. An active childcare account (as defined in subsection (3)) is one where the account-holder has made a valid declaration of eligibility for the current entitlement period, so that qualifying payments can be made into the account.

91.Subsection (4) permits regulations to be made providing further rules for opening childcare accounts. The Government intends that these regulations will include, for example, a requirement for applications to be made electronically where possible and rules permitting someone to operate a childcare account on someone else’s behalf.

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