HMRC have announced (7th April 2020) that parents of new-borns are able to claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Although the General Register Offices remain closed, parents can claim Child Benefit without having to first register their child’s birth.
First time parents can complete Child Benefit Claim form CH2 and send to the Child Benefit Office. If they haven’t registered the birth because of COVID-19 add a note to the claim.
If you already claim Child Benefit, either complete the form or add the new-born’s details over the phone on 0300 200 3100. You will need your National Insurance number or Child Benefit number.
Child Benefit payments increased 6 April to a weekly rate of £21.05 for the first child and £13.95 for each additional child.
For couples with one partner not working or paying National Insurance contributions (NICs), making the claim helps protect State Pension.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman:
We need people to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Today’s change means new parents won’t miss out financially and can keep their families safe.
The government will do whatever it takes to support people and the NHS during this outbreak, and HMRC is working around the clock to help families and businesses across the UK.
Angela MacDonald, Director General for Customer Services at HMRC:
It’s really important that new parents remember to register for Child Benefit, even during these unprecedented times.
The increase in Child Benefit is a boost for family budgets but there’s more to claiming than the payments. We’re encouraging people to claim so they don’t miss out on National Insurance credits that help protect their State Pension. It also helps children to get their National Insurance number automatically at 16.
HMRC is reminding High Income Child Benefit Charge customers of the importance of claiming Child Benefit, even if they choose to opt out of receiving monetary benefits. The tax charge applies to anyone with an income over £50,000 who claims Child Benefit or whose partner claims it. Even if you do have to pay the tax charge, you could still be better off by claiming Child Benefit – the tax is 1% of Child Benefit for each £100 of income over £50,000. You can opt out of receiving Child Benefit payments altogether so you won’t have to pay the charge but still protect State Pension.
If you’re responsible for a child and have not yet claimed, click on the button, complete and return