Don’t Miss the Child Benefit Deadline
Let HMRC know by 31 August if your 16 year old is staying in full-time education.
Families that do have children staying in full-time education or approved training after the age of 16 must inform HMRC by 31 August to continue to receive Child Benefit.
Child benefit is paid to the parents or carers who are responsible for a child under 16, or under 20 if they are in full-time education or training. It is paid at a rate of £21.15 a week for the first child and £14 for each additional child. However, the onus is on families to notify HMRC if their 16 year old child will be continuing in education or the benefit will be stopped. The deadline for this is 31 August. It is quick and easy to do this either online here on the GOV.UK website or by returning the 297b form which was sent to you by HMRC.
Parents or carers receiving Child Benefit and who also have an income over £50,000 (or their partner does), may have to pay the High Income Child Benefit Charge via an annual Self-Assessment tax return.