What Are Child Benefits?

Child Benefits are payments made by the government to support parents or guardians in raising their children. These payments are typically made on a monthly or weekly basis and can provide essential financial assistance for families.

Are Child Benefits Taxable?

The good news is that Child Benefits themselves are not subject to income tax. This means that the amount you receive in Child Benefits is not counted as taxable income for you or your partner.

However, there is an important caveat to keep in mind: if you or your partner earn more than £50,000 per year, you may be subject to the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge.

The High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge

If either you or your partner has an income exceeding £50,000 in a tax year, you will be required to pay a tax charge that effectively reduces or eliminates your Child Benefit. Here’s how it works:

  • If your income is between £50,000 and £60,000, you will have to repay a portion of your Child Benefit through the tax charge (1% for every £100 income over £50,000).
  • So, If your income exceeds £60,000, you will have to repay the entire Child Benefit amount received.

How to Report and Pay the Tax Charge

You can report and pay the High Income Child Benefit Tax Charge through a self-assessment tax return, even if you don’t usually complete one. This ensures that you accurately calculate and pay the amount owed to avoid any penalties.

Important Dates

If you’ve received Child Benefits during a tax year and your income exceeds the thresholds mentioned, be sure to report and pay the tax charge by the following January 31st.


Child Benefits are a valuable form of financial support for families in the UK. Understanding their tax implications is essential to ensure compliance with the law and manage your finances effectively.