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Can the child benefit charge be fixed?

A critical review of how the government taxes child benefits has raised a major question mark over HMRC’s approach to collecting payments.

Child benefit tax, or the High-Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) to use its legal name, is a case study on how not to introduce and operate a tax. It was designed as a quick fix to political pressure for the withdrawal of child benefits from high earners during a period of austerity.

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