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HMRC Urges 1.4 Million Parents to Extend Child Benefit Claims

Published by Prerana
Posted Date: May 26, 2024 , Modified Date: May 24, 2024

As the school year comes to an end, HMRC wants to remind parents to renew their child benefit claims if their teenagers plan to continue full-time education after GCSEs. This is to make sure families keep getting important financial support while their children are still in school.

How to Update Your Child Benefit Claim?

Between 24 May and 17 July, HMRC will send letters to 1.4 million parents with important instructions for updating child benefit claims. Each letter will have a QR code that will take parents to GOV.UK, making it quick and easy to update their claim online.

Parents should wait for this letter before updating their claims. If they have yet to receive the letter by 17 July, they can go online or use the HMRC app to access the service.

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It's important to update the benefit on time so that it can continue receiving it. The benefit can be up to £1,331 annually for the eldest child and £881 for subsequent children. Failure to update on time could result in the benefit stopping after 31 August.

What Qualifies as 'Approved Education or Training'?

Parents should know what counts as 'approved education or training' to keep getting child benefits. Some qualifying programs are A levels, Scottish Highers, the International Baccalaureate, T levels, NVQs up to level three, and home education. For home education, the child must study for over 12 hours per week. The student must start these courses before they turn 19.

It is important to know the difference between approved educational activities and others, like paid apprenticeships, which don't qualify. However, unpaid approved training programs in Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland are okay for 16-year-olds.

Ensuring Seamless Continuation of Payments

To continue receiving child benefit payments without any interruptions, parents must inform HMRC promptly if there are any changes in their child's education status. If a child stops attending their course, it's the responsibility of the parents to let HMRC know to avoid receiving too much money, which they will have to pay back.

Parents will need a Government Gateway user ID and password to use HMRC's online services. If you don't have an ID, you can easily register on gov.uk. You need to provide your National Insurance number or postcode and two forms of ID.

Conclusion

As the deadline gets closer, parents must act quickly to make sure they keep getting child benefit payments. By staying informed and following the steps we've provided, families can make sure they continue to receive financial support while their children are in school. HMRC has made the process simpler to give parents peace of mind during this important time.

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