CH2 MM5013727 Page 1 HMRC 07/13
Child Benefit claim form
or you may lose money
Child Benefit cannot be backdated
more than three months
To help you fill in this form use Child Benefit – Getting your claim right (CH2 Notes). These notes also contain important
information that you should read. Please answer all the questions that apply to you, writing clearly in capital letters and send
s all the documents we ask for. If you don’t, we may need to get in touch with you which could delay your claim. If you need
more help or information, please go to www.hmrc.gov.uk/childbenefit or phone our helpline on 0300 200 3100 or textphone
on 0300 200 3103.
Filling in this form helps to ensure that you are registered to receive National Insurance credits if you have a child under 12 and
either look after the child at home, or work but don’t earn enough to pay National Insurance contributions. These ‘credits’ can
help to protect your State Pension.
The information below only applies to you if your or your partner’s individual income is more than
£50,000 a year. If it does not apply, please go straight to page 2 and fill in this claim form.
Completing this form
also helps to protect your
For more information go to
Important change if you or your partner have an individual income of more
than £50,000 a year
From 7 January 2013 if either you or your partner have an individual income of more than £50,000 a year, then the partner
with the higher income will have to pay a High Income Child Benefit Charge on some, or all, of the Child Benefit you receive.
If these changes apply to you or your partner you should jointly decide whether to stop getting Child Benefit payments,
and not have to pay a tax charge, or continue getting Child Benefit payments and declare them for tax purposes.
Filling in the Child Benefit claim form also ensures that you are registered to receive National Insurance credits which can
help to protect your State Pension. It is therefore really important to fill in the form if you have a new child in your family
even if you do not wish to receive the Child Benefit payments. Part 4 of this claim form lets you tell us if you want to be paid
1. I have an income between £50,000 and £60,000. Should I still claim and be paid my Child Benefit?
The tax charge applies at a rate of 1% of the Child Benefit paid for every £100 of income over £50,000. If you or your
partner have an individual income between £50,000 and £60,000 the tax charge will be less than the total amount of
Child Benefit so you might like to keep getting Child Benefit payments and declare them for Income Tax purposes.
2. I have an income of more than £60,000. Should I still claim, even if I don’t want to be paid
Child Benefit and not pay the tax charge?
If you or your partner have an individual income of more than £60,000 the tax charge will be equal to the total amount of
Child Benefit so you might wish to stop receiving payments and not have to pay a tax charge. But it is really important to
fill in the Child Benefit form if you have a new child in your family.
Completing the Child Benefit claim form ensures you are registered to receive National Insurance credits which can help to
protect your State Pension and help your child get their National Insurance number.
For more information please read the notes with this form or go to www.hmrc.gov.uk/childbenefitcharge.htm