Parents warned to update education status for their children before end of the month - The Solihull Observer

Parents warned to update education status for their children before end of the month

Solihull Editorial 22nd Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

PARENTS are being warned to update their child’s educational status before the end of the month to avoid losing out on entitled benefits.

The reminder comes a week after thousands of youngsters received their A Level results in which Solihull students enjoyed another successive year.

Customers must contact Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to confirm the eligibility of their 16+ child if they are continuing in full-time, non-advanced education, moving into employment or undertaking approved training.

Alternatively, should a young person leave full-time education or training to start full-time work or because their course has ended – claimants must report this change straight away to prevent an overpayment.

The easiest way to inform HMRC is online via the Personal Tax Account (PTA), where you can update both your child benefit and child tax credit information in one simple journey.

Nick Lodge, director general of benefits, credits and transformation, said: “This is an exciting time for teenagers and their families as they decide which path they want to choose next.

“However it’s important that customers let us know what education their son or daughter is undertaking after they turn 16 so we can ensure they receive the correct benefits.

“This can be done simply and quickly using the PTA which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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