Child Benefit - Is a refund possible in light of the new 2024 budget?

Hi All,

I found myself in a position whereby I was asked to repay 100% of our child benefit for tax years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

This was because my income went marginally above the 2023 thresholds, yet my wife’s income was below the level set by the Government.

I only just made the payment to HMRC before the 31st of January deadline and just a few weeks later the budget for 2024 announced that the thresholds will change.

Would it be possible to claim back the money paid back for the previous years???

TIA


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  • p00hsticks
    p00hsticks Posts: 12,762 Forumite
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    no it wouldn't. 
    If the threshold had gone down rather than up, would you have expected HMRC to bill you for previous years based on the new threshold ? The same principle applies....
  • Flugelhorn
    Flugelhorn Posts: 5,546 Forumite
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    no - that is the way it is, I paid them back for years and you know that once it is gone that's it - only when the change the threshold are you likely to have a bit more money
  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 19,013 Forumite
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    The change only applies to income earned from 6 April 2024.
  • mehtaman
    mehtaman Posts: 16 Forumite
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    Thanks for the quick replies, I guess it is what it is.
    At least from April we can claim child benefit again.
  • borris78
    borris78 Posts: 24 Forumite
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    edited 12 March at 10:42PM
    It'd be nice if someone challenges the "lawfulnes" of this "tax", considering how unfair and discriminatory it is, and then we can all get a refund!!
  • BoGoF
    BoGoF Posts: 7,088 Forumite
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    borris78 said:
    It'd be nice if someone challenges the "lawfulnes" of this "tax", considering how unfair and discriminatory it is, and then we can all get a refund!!
    Why don't you do that then.

    What protected characteristic has been discriminated against for it be unlawful in your eyes?
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