Child Benefit: Over 16 Full-time non-advanced Education

HM Revenue and Customs is urging parents of children aged over 16 who are staying in full-time non-advanced education from September 2023, such as Sixth Form colleges, or training, to inform HMRC so that Child Benefit payments and Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit payments don’t stop.

Child Benefit provides £24 a week for the eldest or only child in a family and £15.90 a week for each additional child, up to the age of 19 for teens on approved courses or training.

Education must be full-time (more than an average of 12 hours a week supervised study or course-related work experience) and can include:

  • A levels or similar, for example Pre-U, International Baccalaureate
  • T levels
  • Scottish Highers
  • NVQs and other vocational qualifications up to level 3
  • home education – if it started before your child turned 16 or after 16 if they have special needs
  • traineeships in England

Claimants can tell HMRC by using or creating an online Personal Tax Account or by completing the CH297 online form:

Claimants with a child starting full-time non-advanced education will only continue to receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit if they tell HMRC before 31st August 2023. If they do not meet the deadline, payments will automatically stop.

PAYadvice.UK 19/7/2023 (based on original from 2020)

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