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‘Take action’ when HMRC letter arrives ‘or payments will stop’

A tax expert has urged Britons to do a simple online check – with millions of Britons at risk of losing more than £1,300 per household, he claimed.

Andy Wood, from Crypto Tax Degens, said: “Parents will soon receive a letter from HMRC asking them to confirm whether their child remains enrolled in full-time education or training. 16 (or 20 if the child is in education or training).




“Child Benefit payments add up to a substantial amount, with the potential to reach up to £1,331 a year for the first child and up to £881 a year for each additional child. The letter is to be sent to all parents between May 24 and July. 17 and will contain a QR code directing recipients to the gov.uk website. Once there, parents can conveniently renew their child benefit application online.

“Gov.uk has warned parents they have until August 31 to take action or their payments will automatically stop. Although Child Benefit payments are available to all people with children, those on higher incomes are required to pay the High Income Child Benefit Levy.

“The gov.uk website clarifies that individuals may be required to pay High Income Child Benefit Levy if their or their partner’s ‘adjusted net income’ exceeds £60,000 a year. If your or your partner’s income exceeds £80,000, you will be charged an amount equal to the full benefit you would receive by claiming it.”

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