Child Benefit Claw Back

The high income child benefit charge (HICBC) was introduced in January 2013 to claw back child benefit where the highest earner in the family has total net income of £50,000 or more. The full amount of the benefit is clawed back if one of the parents has income of £60,000 or more.

If this applies to your family you must tell HMRC that you need a tax return in order to self assess the HICBC. Although HMRC manages claims for child benefit, it does not know who the higher earning partners of those claimants are.

Many parents are not aware of the need to pay the HICBC. If your income rises above £50,000, HMRC does not prompt you to pay it. Some parents were issued with penalties for failing to notify HMRC of the need to pay HICBC.