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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. View all our calculators
How many children do you have?
How much do you earn?
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If you have a partner, how much do they earn?
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Have you already registered for child benefit?
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Child benefit you have already received
£1,095
Child benefit you were entitled to
£1,095
Tax to pay
£0

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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 £1,095 per year.

What is the High Income Child Benefit Charge?

We’re glad you asked. Basically, when you earn more than £50,000 and you’re claiming child 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. However back in 2013, the threshold to be a higher rate taxpayer was £42,475. Comparatively, £50,000 would indeed make you a high earner. But today in 2021, you have to earn £50,270 to be taxed on the higher rate. That means that some basic rate taxpayers are being charged the HICBC. 

Even more controversial is that the payments you owed could be backdated to 2013. 

What makes you liable?

Here are the scenarios where you might owe the HICBC:

  • One partner in a household earns more than £50,000
  • 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. 

How much is the Child Benefit?

The benefit is £21.05 per week for your oldest child and then £13.95 a week for each of your other children. Use our child benefit tax calculator to work out what you can claim and what you may potentially owe back.

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