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Child Benefit

Treasury written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Chris Williamson Chris Williamson Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households that will cease to be eligible for child benefit as a result of the change in the higher rate income tax threshold; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

The change to child benefit announced at the spending review does not change the eligibility criteria for child benefit payments. Where a person is currently entitled to receive child benefit they will continue to be entitled to receive payments regardless of whether they or their partner is a higher rate taxpayer, in these circumstances, it is the responsibility of the higher rate taxpayer to notify HMRC that their household is in receipt of child benefit, which will then be recovered through the tax system.

It is estimated that around 1.5 million households will be affected by the proposed change to child benefit.

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