Ugh??Tax credits, nursery fees and self employment

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    Dene465
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    Can anyone advise me? I am self employed. I have no work now and now I’m self isolation with friend who has cancer. I receive tax credits for 40 percent of nursery fees. I have lost all work so withdrawn little one from nursery permanently as even when they open I won’t be able to pay fees as income may be sporadic. I’ve been self employed for five years. Do I now tell tax credits that I don’t do any hours a week and that little one is no longer at nursery. I’m so confused! I know that I might get some help later down the line as Self employed but for now there is still council tax etc to pay!! I’m not sure when I can start seeing clients again either! I’m utterly confused!!

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    Hi Dene465

    I’d recommend that you contact our single parent helpline.  They will be able to help you to explore your options.  Here are their details:

    • Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline – Freephone 0808 802 0925

    Opening hours:  Mon 10 – 6, Tues 10- 4, Wed 10 – 1 & 5 – 7, Thurs 10 – 4, Fri 10 – 4  They can be busy so callers can expect to wait up to 20 minutes before the call is answered.

    Hope that helps, Justine

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