Parents are being reminded that they have one week after GCSE results day to extend their Child Benefit claim if their circumstances make them eligible.
GCSE results are being released this week, so if a 16-year-old is continuing to stay in approved education or training then their guardian will be able to extend their Child Benefit – if not then these payments will stop on the 31st of August.
Those in this situation should have already received a letter from HMRC; this included a QR code which will take them straight to GOV.UK to update their details online.
Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said, “Child Benefit can provide financial support to families, so make sure you don’t miss out if your teenager is still eligible. 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.”
Examples of the type of education and training that allows Child Benefits to continue past the age of 16, include:
- A-Levels, or similar
- International Baccalaureate
- Home education (if it started before their child turned 16, or after 16 if they have special needs)
- T Levels
- NVQs – up to level 3
- Traineeships in England
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