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Benefits and tax

As a foster carer, you’re not just entitled to competitive allowances and fees. You’ll also be entitled to other benefits including tax relief.

These are all designed to make your life as a foster carer as simple as possible. We understand that fostering isn’t always a walk in the park. That’s why we offer you all the support you need to help you become the best foster carer you can be.

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Tax information for foster carers

When you foster with us, you’ll be classed as self-employed. This means you’ll be entitled to tax relief on your fostering income and you’ll pay very little, or no, tax and national insurance. The tax relief you’ll receive depends on your financial circumstances and you’ll still need to complete a tax return

Tax exemption and relief

There is a fixed tax exemption of £10,000 per year. This means you don’t have to pay tax on the first £10,000 you earn through fostering. You may also be able to receive tax breaks on earnings over £10,000.

To find out more and for help with completing your tax returns, please speak to our dedicated tax advisors on 0844 800 3880.

Benefits and tax credits

When you foster with us, you’ll be pleased to learn that you won’t lose any existing benefits.

You’ll still be able to claim Child Tax Credit for your own children. You’ll also still be eligible for National Insurance Credits, which count towards your basic state pension. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for Working Tax Credit.

To find out more about foster carer benefits and tax, give us a call on 0844 800 3880.

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

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  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
  • Please enter your postcode to see news and events in you area
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

Call me back

Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.