Consider reclaiming child benefit – protective claims

Consider reclaiming child benefit

Individuals who previously made an election to stop receiving child benefit due to the high income child benefit charge (HICBC) may wish to consider revoking the election in order to restart their claim, if they feel that their income is likely to drop in the current climate below the HICBC upper income threshold of £60,000. The child benefit, or a proportion thereon, may need to be paid back via the self assessment system once income levels are determined, but it can help a little towards easing immediate cash flow concerns and act as a protective claim in regard to any child benefit that is ultimately due.

The election can be revoked by completing an online form via the GOV.UK website (a Government Gateway account is necessary) or by contacting the Child Benefit Office by telephone on 0300 200 3100. The election must be revoked by the person who originally made it, which is the person who is to receive the child benefit.

Child benefit will start to be paid again from the Monday following the call or receipt of the form. However, if neither partners’ adjusted net income is expected to exceed £60,000, the revocation can be backdated to the start of the tax year.

About the author

Simon is the Tax Director at Ward Williams and has more than 20 years of practical experience working in the tax profession.


Specialising in personal tax, Simon qualified as a Tax Technician in 2007, having been awarded with the Ivison medal for attaining the highest mark in the Personal Taxation paper in 2006.


As department head, Simon oversees the tax team across the Ward Williams group, whilst managing a diverse portfolio of clients including high net worth individuals, doctors, directors of owner managed businesses, partnerships and sole traders.

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