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HMRC internal manual

Child Benefit Technical Manual

Failure to disclose: Disclosure by a third party

A disclosure by an appointee, a signing agent, or a partner in CHB overpayment cases, is equivalent to a disclosure by the claimant. Where such an arrangement does not exist, disclosure by a third party is sufficient only if

  • the information is given in connection with the claimant’s own benefit to the relevant benefit office, and
  • the claimant is aware that the information had been given in that way, and
  • in the circumstances it is reasonable for the claimant to believe it is unnecessary to take any personal action.