HMRC App makes Child Benefit claims quicker

12th July 2023

If you have employees who are about to become parents, they may be interested to know there is a new, easier way to claim Child Benefit – online or using the HMRC app.

Informing employees about Child Benefit will help them to make the most of the financial support on offer.

The HMRC App means many parents can now claim Child Benefit or add an additional child at a convenient time for themselves. The first payment of a claim submitted online could even reach a bank account in as little as three working days.

In order to use the HMRC App it will need to be downloaded, for free, from the App Store for iOS, or the Google Play Store for Android. Once downloaded you can either sign in if you already have a Government Gateway user ID and password. Or alternatively if they do not already have an ID and password one can be created on the same sign in page.

Please note I have completed the set up myself and I found it took around 10-15 minutes to complete. It is worth noting that two pieces of proof of identity was required, this was in the form of a passport, diving licence, P60, payslips etc. I would recommend having these ready before downloading the App and starting the set up.

Once the set up is complete you are able to view further helpful information not just Child Benefits.

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