Thousands face kid benefit fines

An estimated 165,000 people face fines after missing Saturday's deadline to register the child benefit they received this year with HM Revenue and Customs.

Parents advised to register child benefits to avoid fines

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has urged parents who have not registered child benefits to do so now to avoid further fines.

This only applies to families where one parent earns £50,000 or more and who have not already opted out of the payments.

Although we are past the deadline, people should still register for self-assessment to minimise any penalties they may face.

– spokesman, hmrc

Fines for failing to register will be decided on a case-by-case basis, HMRC said.

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HMRC: 165,000 parents face fines over child benefits

Tens of thousands of parents could be fined for failing to register the child benefit they received this year with the taxman.

Families where a parent earns over £60,000 must either opt out of child benefits or register them
Families where a parent earns over £60,000 must either opt out of child benefits or register them Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

An estimated 165,000 people missed Saturday's deadline, meaning they face penalties as well as losing the handout.

Under Government reforms, households where one parent earns more than £50,000 a year have to return the benefits through the self-assessment system unless they have opted out of receiving it in the first place.

HM Revenue and Customs said the number of parents who had opted out of child benefits altogether had far exceeded expectation.

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