HMRC reminds parents to update their
children's details as exam results revealed
AS GCSE exam results are released in England, Wales and
Northern Ireland, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents in the
North West who receive 'Child Benefit' and 'Child Tax Credits'
to inform them of
their child's educational status ahead of 31 August 2017, otherwise payments will
Parents can use their Personal Tax Account (PTA) to update both their 'Child
Benefit' and 'Child Tax Credit' information online in a matter of minutes; it's
quick and easy, and more than 12 million customers have registered for the PTA
Parents must let HMRC know if any of their children are aged 16+ and continuing
in full time education or are undertaking an apprenticeship. Alternatively, if a
young person leaves education or training; for example to start full time work
or because their course has ended; claimants must report this change straight
away to prevent the build-up of overpayments which they will have to pay back.
Angela MacDonald, Director General of Customer Services, said:-
"Congratulations to all students getting their results today. Once parents or
guardians know what their child has decided to do it's really important they let
us know as soon as possible, so they continue to get the right benefits and
credits. This can be done quickly and simply using the Personal Tax
Account, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means that
parents can let us know their child's education status, at a time that suits
them ahead of the 31 August 2017 deadline."