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  • Does Property Income Allowance Count as paid work for Tax Free Childcare

    We are due to renew our tax free childcare account and my wife has been made redundant; we do however have 3 rental properties which we do manage (not as part of a company). The combined income from these properties would be above the threshold to to be eligible for tax free childcare, but we are unsure if it counts as 'work'. The eligibility from the gov.uk Tax-free Childcare document reads that you: "are in paid work, either as an employee, including as a company director, or self-employed - or on maternity leave, parental leave, sick leave or annual leave" AND "expect to earn (see ‘Reasonable expectations’ Annex A), on average, the equivalent of at least 16 hours a week at the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage, for the next 3 months (special rules may apply if you’re self-employed)." We're comfortable that the income is taxable income but it is more the 1st point re:work we are concerned about. Any suggestions>