Child Benefit claims for 16 to 19-year-olds must be updated this month

HMRC has reminded parents and carers of 16 to 19-year-olds that they have until 31 August to update their Child Benefit records by confirming whether their teenager is staying in full-time education or approved training.

The tax authority asked parents and carers to make sure they update their Child Benefit records by tomorrow or risk seeing their payments end.

HMRC has written to 1.3 million parents and carers of children who are in the last year of school or education to remind them to update their Child Benefit records. More than 600,000 families have already notified HMRC, but many have yet to do so.

Parents and carers can update their Child Benefit records using their Personal Tax Account on GOV.UK; by returning a completed copy of the form they were sent earlier in the year; or by telephone.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary, said: ‘Child Benefit provides vital financial support for families, and we want to make sure no-one misses out because they haven’t updated their details on time.’

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