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Review Your High Income Child Benefit Charge Position Now

Do you know if you're affected?


Posted by Roger Eddowes on 29/04/2021 @ 8:00AM

In 2013, the Government introduced the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC). Despite extensive publicity, many people did not realise it was going to affect them ...

Many people don't realise they are affected by the High Income Child Benefit Charge!

Many people don't realise they are affected by the High Income Child Benefit Charge!

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Of course, people's circumstances change with new children or increases in income beyond the £50,000 threshold, and that's why I feel it is important to talk about the High Income Child Benefit Charge once more.

"So, who will now be liable for HICBC?"

If you receive Child Benefit, HICBC is collected via a self-assessment tax return from the highest-earning spouse where one of them (or both) earns over £50,000. In this tax year, the band is £50,270, so for the first time, many basic rate taxpayers now fall under HICBC.

Something worth noting here is that individuals do not need to be married or even civil partners. This means that any cohabitees and even estranged married couples may also be caught by the High Income Child Benefit Charge.

HICBC takes 1% of any Child Benefit received for every £100 of income received by the highest earner over £50,000. This means that any individual with an income of £51,000 loses 10% of their Child Benefit. So, a person with two children receiving £1,855 will have £185 clawed back due to HICBC in the 2021/22 tax year.

"Of course, you could choose not to claim Child Benefit!"

This would mean you avoid the High Income Child Benefit Charge completely, but this could possibly affect future pension entitlements, so you should establish the right to claim Child Benefit, but ensure you do not get it paid to you.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.