HICBC: The High Income Child Benefit Charge Threshold

LITRG, a Low Incomes Tax Reform Group in the United Kingdom, has urged the Government to raise the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) threshold, helping it to avoid affecting basic-rate taxpayers ...

There is a possibility of this happening for the first time in April 2021. LITRG claim this goes against the spirit of the original policy and will cause the Government difficulties in raising awareness amongst those who do not consider themselves to be high-income earners.

"The HICBC has been around since 2010!"

The Government believed it would only affect high-income earners from January 2013. The original threshold for the higher rate of tax was £42,475, but since then, this threshold has ridden steadily in line with inflation, but the £50,000 threshold for HICBC has remained the same.

This means that from the 6th of April 2021, the higher-rate tax threshold will overtake it meaning that individuals who pay basic rate tax could be affected.

LITRG is calling for the HICBC threshold to be increased, and that may well be included in the 2021 Budget presented by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday the 3rd of March.


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