One month to go before Child Benefit changes

High-earning child benefit recipients in Aberdeenshire, estimated by HM Revenue & Customs as 7,860, have a month to decide whether to stop receiving the benefit or to pay a charge on it through Self Assessment.

The High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) starts on 7 January, and will affect taxpayers with income of more than £50,000.

HMRC chief executive LinHomer said: “Over 680,000 people have already looked at information on HMRC’s website that explains the changes and what steps those affected can take. It is really easy to use and will help families come to a decision.”

The new charge will apply when a taxpayer or their partner’s income is more than £50,000 in a tax year, and if they or their partner receives Child Benefit. For those with income of more than £60,000, the tax charge is 100 per cent of the amount of Child Benefit.

If income is between £50,000 and £60,000, the charge is gradually increased to 100 per cent of the Child Benefit. Those affected will need to decide whether to keep receiving Child Benefit and pay the tax charge through Self Assessment, or to stop receiving Child Benefit and not pay the new charge.