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Child benefit & child tax credit stop for 16-year-olds on 31st August

Child benefit and child tax credit stop for 16-year-olds on 31 August

… unless your child is still in education or training. But you will need to contact HMRC.

Child benefit and child tax credit (CTC) stops on the 31 August on or after the child’s 16th birthday if they leave education or training.

These benefits can continue if the child stays in approved education or training, but the parent or other claimant must tell the Child Benefit Office and/or the Tax Credit Office at H M Revenue & Customs.

Failure to do this can result in payments of child benefit and CTC reducing, or stopping altogether if payment is for a single child only.

The rules about what constitutes full time training or education are much the same for child benefit and CTC, though the rules on entitlement are different. There is more detailed information at:

Child Benefit if your child is 16 or over

Your child reaches 16 – can you still get Child Tax Credit?

Note that if you are claiming both child benefit and CTC you will need to notify both the Child Benefit Office and the Tax Credit Office at HMRC – notifying one does not count as notification for the other.

Details of how to contact HMRC are at:

Tax credits enquiries

Child benefit

For further information e-mail one of our partners Tracy Attard at tracya@knightandcompany.co.uk or call 01628 631056.