Child benefit has been taxed from 9 January 2013, but only where the claimant, or their partner, receives income of over £50,000 a year. HMRC have been writing to individuals who said they had received child benefit and earned over £50,000 in 2012/13, but who did not actually pay the High Income Child Benefit Charge themselves. This is likely to be because the individual’s spouse/partner received the higher income and had actually paid the HICBC which HMRC is chasing.
The letters are written to attract attention, with the words “You need to act now!” stamped across the front, but they are not copied to your tax agents. Please contact us if you receive such a letter, so we can contact HMRC on your behalf.
If HMRC had cross-checked with your spouse/partner’s tax return, these letters would not have been necessary.