HMRC urges parents not to miss out on Child Benefit for over 16s

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Parents whose child is staying in education after picking up their GCSE results are urged to tell HMRC so that Child Benefit doesn’t stop.

Teens taking approved courses are eligible for the benefit, which is worth up to £20.70 a week, but parents and guardians will only continue to receive it if they tell HMRC before August 31, when the payments will automatically stop.

Angela MacDonald, Director General for Customer Services, HMRC said: “As parents and students look forward to results day, we’re encouraging them to meet the August 31 deadline and notify us of their children’s plans after their GCSEs. Letting HMRC know will ensure that Child Benefit payments continue.”

Child Benefit provides £20.70 a week for the eldest or only child in a family and £13.70 a week for each additional child, up to the age of 19 for teens on approved courses or training.

Young people qualify if studying for A-Levels, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureate, NVQs and other vocational qualifications up to level 3. Training courses should be unpaid and can include Foundation Apprenticeships or traineeships in Wales, traineeships in England, Employability Fund programmes in Scotland and Training for Success in Northern Ireland.

Tell HMRC by using or creating your online Personal Tax Account www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account or by returning the form that was sent to you earlier this year.

Parents and guardians should note that if they or their live-in partner has an individual income of over £50,000, they may have to pay a tax charge, known as the ‘High Income Child Benefit Charge’.

More detailed information about the training and apprenticeships in England, Wales and Northern Ireland eligible for Child Benefit recipients is available online at www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19