You can be paid too much Child Benefit if you don’t report a change in your circumstances. You’ll usually have to pay it back.

If you’ve been paid too much Child Benefit

The Child Benefit Office will write to tell you:

  • you’ve been overpaid
  • what caused the overpayment
  • whether you have to pay the money back
  • how to appeal if you think they’re wrong

If you think you’ve been paid too much Child Benefit contact the Child Benefit Office straight away - don’t wait for the Child Benefit Office to write to you.

You could be prosecuted for benefit fraud if you know you’ve been overpaid but don’t do anything about it. You could be fined or go to prison if you’re convicted.

Pay back overpayments

The Child Benefit Office will write to tell you how to pay back the overpayment. The payslip you get with the letter has the bank account details.

You’ll usually have to pay it back in a lump sum.

Contact HMRC about repayments or if you need time to pay.

HMRC 03000 550 718
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 to 5pm
Friday, 8:30 to 4:30pm
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