Tax Tip

Higher income child benefit charge (HICB)

If you are receiving child benefit this may be restricted from £50,000 and withdrawn completely from £60,000. With two cliff edges to avoid here are a few things that you can do to legitimately reduce your income.

  1. Pensions. You (or your company) can pay up to £60,000 per year into your pension. This will save tax but can also reduce your income below the relevant limit. The downside is that this money is tied up until retirement.
  2. Charitable donations. Most people give to charity throughout the year but do take care to giftaid it where you can. These donation can save you tax if you are a higher rate taxpayer and also be used to reduce your income below the relevant limit.

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