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Parents of teenagers are being urged not to miss out on extending Child Benefit if their 16-19-year-old plans to continue in education or training.

More than 1.4 million Child Benefit reconfirmation letters are being sent out from this week to the 17th of July, reminding parents that payments will automatically stop on the 31st of August on or after the child has turned 16 unless they renew their claim for children continuing in education.

The letters will include a QR code which, when scanned, will direct them straight to GOV.UK to update their claim quickly and easily online.

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Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said, “Child Benefit is an important financial support for many families, so make sure you don’t miss out on any payments if your teenager intends to continue approved education or training.

“You can quickly and easily extend your claim online or via the HMRC app, just search ‘Child Benefit when your child turns 16’ on GOV.UK.”

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