Tell the Child Benefit Office about any changes to your family life. If you don’t, you may not get all the money you’re entitled to, or you may be overpaid and have to pay money back.
How to report changes
If your child’s circumstances change
You must tell the Child Benefit Office straight away if your child:
- turns 16 and stays in or leaves approved education, training or a careers service - or changes their plans after 16
- starts paid work for 24 hours a week or more
- will live away from you for more than 8 weeks in a row
- lives away from you for more than 56 days in a 16-week period
- will go abroad permanently or for more than 12 weeks
- moves to or from Northern Ireland
- will be in hospital or residential care for more than 12 weeks
- changes their name
- goes missing
- marries, forms a civil partnership or starts to live with a partner
- starts getting certain benefits - Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit, Incapacity Benefit, tax credits or Employment and Support Allowance
If your family’s circumstances change
You must tell the Child Benefit Office straight away if:
- a relationship starts or ends - eg you marry, separate or move in with a new partner
- a child’s parent has died
- your bank account, name or address details change
- you intend to go abroad for more than 8 weeks
- you or your partner intend to move abroad permanently or for more than a year
- you move from or to Northern Ireland
- you have a baby or a child comes to live with you
- payments or contributions for a child who doesn’t live with you stop or change
- you’re paid to look after a child by a local council or similar
- your immigration status changes
- you lose the right to reside in the UK
- you or your child get a prison sentence of more than 8 weeks
Tell the Child Benefit Office of any other changes to your family life. Include the date of the change.
The Child Benefit tax charge
Changes in circumstances may mean you may have to pay the Child Benefit tax charge. The charge affects you if your income (or your partner’s) is £50,000 or more.
You must still report changes even if you’ve stopped getting Child Benefit because of the Child Benefit tax charge.