Restart child benefit?

Child Benefit

The high income child benefit charge means that a family can have a choice:

Either choose to stop receiving child benefit (£21.05 a week for the first child and £13.95 for each other child); orPay back a percentage of child benefit paid, in income tax. Those earning £60,000 or more will have to repay the entirety in income tax if choosing this route.

If you have chosen the stop-payment option, you may wish to revise your choice in 2020/21. Your earnings may well fall in the current tax year – perhaps you have been furloughed on £2,500 a month – in which case your annual income may drop below the £50,000 threshold at which these complications occur. A claim for child benefit payments can only be backdated for a maximum of three months, so if you are in that situation, the sooner you ask the Child Benefit Office to restart payments, the better.



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