1. Overview

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).

Only one person can get Child Benefit for a child.

You must report any change of circumstances to the Child Benefit Office.

You may have to pay a tax charge if you have an individual income over £50,000 and you or your partner get Child Benefit.

You can choose not to get Child Benefit payments, but you should still fill in the claim form. This will help you get National Insurance credits which count towards your State Pension.

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