Repay Child Benefit overpayments

You can be paid too much Child Benefit if you do not 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 - do not 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 do not 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 0300 322 9240
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 to 5pm
Friday, 8:30 to 4:30pm
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