Deadline for extending Child Benefit claims for teenagers is 31 August

Parents have until 31 August to inform HMRC that their 16-year-old is continuing their education or training in order to continue receiving Child Benefit.

Teenagers are set to find out their GCSE results on 24 August and many will be considering their future and whether to stay on in education.

Child Benefit payments stop on 31 August after a child turns 16, but parents can extend their claim if their child is continuing in approved education or training. They can update their Child Benefit record on the HMRC website or app.

Child Benefit will continue to be paid for children who are studying full time, which can include:

  • A levels or similar
  • International Baccalaureate
  • home education, if this started before the child turned 16, or after 16 if they have special needs
  • T levels
  • NVQs, up to level 3
  • traineeships in England.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said:

‘Child Benefit can provide financial support to families, so make sure you don’t miss out if your teenager is still eligible. You can quickly and easily extend your claim online or via the HMRC app.’

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