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HMRC internal manual

Child Benefit Technical Manual

Guardian's Allowance: Claiming - Time limits for claims and evidence

Time within which claim is to be made

Child Benefit & Guardian’s Allowance (Administration) Regulations, Regulation6

The time limit for making a Guardian’s Allowance claim is 3 months, beginning with any day on which, apart from satisfying the conditions for making the claim, the person making the claim is entitled to the benefit or allowance.


Child Benefit & Guardian’s Allowance (Administration) Regulations, regulation7

Anyone making a Guardian’s Allowance claim must furnish any certificates, documents, information and evidence in connection with that claim, or any question arising out of it, as may be required by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs.

If a person is required to furnish a certificate of the birth or adoption of a child or a qualifying young person, the certificate must be an original certificate or a copy authenticated in such a manner as to render it admissible in court proceedings.

They must do so within one month of being so required, or within such longer period as Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs may consider reasonable.