Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Coronavirus and High Income Child Benefit Charge

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing many people to see a reduction in their income. This can mean there are knock-on effects to your tax position.

If your income falls below £60,000, your liability to the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) may change or be eliminated completely. Where this is the case, if you do not currently claim child benefit, you may wish to consider claiming it. If you have opted out of receiving payment, you may wish to restart payments.

To restart your Child Benefit, either:

1. Fill in an online form. You need a Government Gateway user ID and password to fill in the online form. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you fill in the form.

2. Contact the Child Benefit Office on 0300 200 3100. Have your National Insurance number or Child Benefit number with you when you call.

Please drop us a line if you need any support with this.

Best wishes,


Steven Hillman ACA
Chartered Accountant

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