ARE you struggling to meet home childcare costs, which, currently, are NOT tax deductable?
A national push to encourage federal leaders to make in-home childcare costs tax deductable may be able to change that.
Called Make Care Fair, the campaign is an an attempt to obtain tax deductibility for in-home childcare for all working families.For many working parents, the traditional long daycare and childcare centres cannot help those who work odd hours or shift work. And one of the biggest issues for parents is before- and after-school care and during school vacations and when the children are sick and can't attend approved child care.
"Also, how do you care for children when you get four weeks holidays and the centres get twelve weeks? The current system does not work!" said mum of two Frances Milne.
A study done of 262 working women, commissioned by the online businesswomen's network group Sphinxx, found that children and careers fail to mix.
Despite the Federal Government's moves to strengthen maternity leave and benefits, Australian families remain worried about the affordability of childcare, saying they will vote for the party who offer tax breaks, the latest poll shows.
"We know the difficulties and costs associated with organising childcare with after tax dollars," said Katrina Drewer, who spokesman for DIAL-AN-ANGEL, which offers in-home childcare services to parents and is also part of the Make Care Fair alliance.
"We hear from clients every day how unfair it is that they cannot obtain any rebate or tax deduction for their in home care. It is something we are passionate about," she added. "In 2011, we want to see a change because we still only have 3% of women in CEO roles - that's a terrible return for the investment in the education for women."
"We see huge demand for permanent part-time in home professional childcare on the basis of 15 hours or more a week, as well as after-school and before-school care. But many clients feel it's grossly unfair that they cannot obtain the childcare rebate for in-home care as they do for registered day care or child care centres. If we can achieve the child care tax deductibility, we'll then move to push for the same deductibility for disability care, eldercare and nursing care."
All families are urged to sign the petition so that politicians can see the level of engagement and respond. The aim is to make the Government reform childcare policies, and extend the tax breaks.
You can follow the campaign in real time at Twitter @makecarefair.
"How do you care for children when you get four weeks holidays and the centres get twelve weeks? The current system does not work!"
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