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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.
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Child benefit you have already received
£1,076
Child benefit you were entitled to
£1,076
Tax to pay
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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 £50,000 this benefit is reduced.

Child benefit breakdown

You have 1 child

You get £20.70 per week for your child.

In total that’s £1,076 per year.

Common questions

You’re not alone. If you’ve got a question about tax we’ve probably heard it before and have an answer, or we can walk you through what to do.

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Whoever has the higher income: either you or your spouse or civil partner.

HMRC doesn’t care whose bank account the Child Benefit went into.

You or your partner will need to:

  • register for Self Assessment by October 5th of the following tax year,
  • submit the Self Assessment before January 31st of the same following tax year, and
  • pay back the Child Benefit.

Yes.

That’s because:

  • you get NI credits – which count towards your state pension,
  • your child will also receive a NiNo right before they turn 16, and
  • your Child Benefit payments are “protected” in case your income ever drops under £50,000.

What you can do:

  • either carry on getting Child Benefit and then paying it back
  • stop getting Child Benefit entirely, or
  • still claim Child Benefit but choose to not get the the actual payments.

With the third option you get all the benefits but without filing a tax return or paying something back.

Most people in full-time jobs who only have PAYE income never have to bother with tax returns.

The only times when you need to submit a Self Assessment tax return are:

If you’re not sure which one applies to you, read our guide to who needs to file a tax return here – it’s a long list

The UK tax year for individuals starts April 6th and ends April 5th of the following year. From then, you have until January 31st to complete your online tax return for the previous tax year.

More on tax dates can be found here

The tax code is just a series of numbers and letters that tells HMRC how much tax you should be paying.

The numbers in your tax code tell your employer or pension provider how much tax-free income you are entitled to in that tax year.

The most common one for 2019/20 will be 1250L:

  • 1250 because the Personal Allowance in 2019/20 is £12,500
  • L for the standard Personal Allowance

If you take a second job, then you don’t get a personal allowance for this one, so you need to make sure that the job that pays you the most is the one with “L” and not “BR”.

You can read more about tax codes and what they mean here

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