Child Benefit can be claimed by those responsible for bringing up a child who is under the age of 16, or under 20 if the child remains in approved education or training. For many Britons, Child Benefit is a welcome payment as it assists with additional living costs which can occur when raising a family. The benefit amount is issued to eligible claimants every four weeks, and there is no limit on how many children a person can claim for.
In normal circumstances, as soon as a child is born, parents or guardians can submit a claim for the benefit.
However, even this step can be circumvented as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
While it can take up to 12 weeks to process a new claim, those entitled should act quickly, as Child Benefit can only be backdated for up to three months.
Those who are making a claim for the first time can do so by filling in the Child Benefit claim form known as CH2.
However, some families often avoid claiming Child Benefit at all, as rules stipulate those earning over £60,000 will have to pay the entirety of the sum back in tax.
But even this group is encouraged to make a claim, albeit without receiving the actual payments.
Families with income over £60,000 can still fill in the CH2 form, but choose to forgo the payments, avoiding the heavy tax that comes with it.
This is because claiming child benefit also protects a person’s State Pension record – particularly valuable for forward-thinking Britons.
Those who choose not to fill out the Child Benefit form altogether could miss out on other benefits such as Guardian’s Allowance which could be applicable to their individual circumstances.
For claimants of Child Benefit, detailed information surrounding a claim has been provided by Citizens Advice.
Parents or guardians must provide their National Insurance number alongside that of their partner, as well as their average annual income before tax reductions.
Also necessary is bank details, the child’s birth or adoption certificate, and a passport if the child was born outside of the UK.
Finally, for those who are already claiming the sum for older children, additional Child Benefit numbers should also be provided.
Published at Thu, 28 May 2020 06:00:00 +0000