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Child Benefit calculator

Quickly calculate how much Child Benefit you’re entitled to, how much you can receive, and if you need to pay any of it back as tax.

Your situation

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How many children do you have?
How much do you earn?
If you have a partner, how much do they earn?
Have you already registered for child benefit?

Tax and profit

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  • Child benefit you have
    already received
  • Tax to pay
  • Child benefit you
    were entitled to

How your child benefit is calculated

The child benefit is simply a payment that the UK government can give to any parent who has children under the age of 16.

How much you get depends on:

  • how many children you have
  • and how much you earn: if you earn over £60,000 this benefit is reduced.

Child benefit breakdown

You have 1 child

You get £25.60 per week for your child.

In total that’s £1,331 per year.

What is the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge?

We’re glad you asked. Basically, when you earn more than £60,000 and you’re claiming the benefit, you may have to return some or all of it 😱 

This is because in 2013, the government deemed those earning £50,000 or more a year to be high earners and so less in need of the benefit. Back in 2013, the threshold to be a higher rate taxpayer was £42,475. Today in 2024, you have to earn £50,270 to be taxed on the higher rate. In the Spring Statement 2024, Jeremy Hunt announced that the threshold to return your child benefit would go up to £60,000 – £80,000, which is more in line with inflation and today’s salaries. 

Be aware though that if you owe money, payments can be backdated to 2013.

High income child benefit charge

What makes you liable?

Here are the scenarios where you might owe the HICBC:

  • One partner in a household earns more than £60,000
  • As the highest earner in a household, it’s your responsibility to declare your liability – HMRC won’t notify you themselves
  • The children don’t need to be yours to be liable
  • If you move in with a new partner, you become liable
  • You can be chased even if you temporarily move in with a new partner then split up 

What can be done?

You can first of all opt out of receiving the benefits. It won’t get rid of your bill completely but it will stop charges from being added. Also there was a recent case won against HMRC that ruled that they were not allowed to backdate payments for one individual. So there may be space to fight back. 

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Book a 1-1 tax consultation with an accredited accountant to make sure you’re declaring your liability properly and to see if there are other, more tax-efficient ways you can claim the benefit if you’re eligible.

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How much is the benefit?

The benefit is £25.60 per week for your oldest child and then £16.95 a week for each of your other children. Use our calculator to work out what you can claim and what tax charge you may potentially owe back.

How do you claim?

To claim, you’ll need to do this through HMRC’s website using their claim form. It can be done as soon as your child is born or comes to live with you. It can take up to 16 weeks, and sometimes longer, for HMRC to process your claim. 

Who can make the claim?

Remember, only one person can claim this benefit. If you aren’t working or earning less than £190 a week and you’re the person claiming, you’ll get National Insurance credits towards your state pension. 

Making a claim for the first time?

You can make a claim by filling out the CH2 claim form. It can be filled both by hand or online, whichever you prefer. 

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