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HMRC Child Benefit rule changes this week with thousands more eligible

Parents claiming Child Benefit will see a number of changes take place this week.

From the start of the new tax year on Saturday, April 6, Child Benefit will see higher rates alongside many other benefits across the country. Meanwhile, a change to the High Income Child Benefit Charge will see more fairness for more than 100,000 families.

Child Benefit helps support parents in bringing up a child through monthly payments. Anyone parent can claim Child Benefit as long they're responsible for the child's upbringing and the child is under 16 years old or under 20 and still in education or training.

Read more: HMRC change means millions of families will now receive £102 every four weeks

To see all the changes affecting Child Benefit this week, read below...

Like many other benefits and tax credits, Child Benefit will be receiving higher rates from the start of the new tax year. According to HMRC, this will be worth an extra £83.20 for families with one child.

Meanwhile, Child Benefit claimed for additional children will go up by £54.60 per year. Therefore, families will receive an annual payment of £1331 for their first child alongside £881 for each child after that.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary, said: "The increase in Child Benefit rates for existing claimants is automatic and families do not need to contact us. New claimants should apply online or using HMRC’s app. Search ‘child benefit’ on GOV.UK for more information."

Currently, households that earn £49k are entitled to the full amount of Child Benefit. Once they begin earning £50k individually, they have to begin paying it back and then lose it altogether at £60k

However, the threshold for when payments need to be