Help your clients understand their Child Benefit entitlements

Child Benefit can help build entitlement to the State Pension as it provides National Insurance Credits to whoever makes the claim.

If parents are unable to register their child’s birth because of COVID-19, they can still get Child Benefit, and this can be backdated for three months.

First time parents will need to fill in the Child Benefit claim form and send it to the Child Benefit Office. If they haven’t registered the birth, they should add a note with their claim to let us know.

Child Benefit payments will increase from 12 April 2021 to a weekly rate of £21.15 for the first child and £14.00 for each additional child.

If your client receives Child Benefit payments, and they or their partner’s income is over £50,000, they may have to pay the High Income Child Benefit Charge. The charge increases gradually by 1% for every £100 of income over £50,000. At £60,000 the charge is equal to 100% of the Child Benefit entitlement. They can use the Child Benefit tax calculator to work out how much of the High Income Child Benefit Charge they’ll have to pay.

Individuals may still claim Child Benefit by completing the form, but choose not to get the payments, which means they do not have to pay the charge but still receive the associated National Insurance Credits and build entitlement to their State Pension. It will also help their children get their National Insurance number automatically when they turn 16.

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