April 24 2014 Latest news:

Parents are being urged to let the taxman know if they have teenagers intending to continue in full-time education, so they can carry on receiving child benefit in September.

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“At this time of year, families often decide whether a child will continue in education or training once they have seen their GCSE results,” said HM Revenue & Customs director of benefits and credits Steve Lamey.

“If their children are staying on full-time, they need to let us know the full details as soon as possible so that their child benefit doesn’t stop on August 30.”

Parents of children approaching 16 receive a reminder and a form in the post from HMRC, asking them to provide the taxman with details of the course and qualification, its start and end dates, and the name and address of the school or college.

Parents can also make the necessary changes at www.hmrc.gov.uk/childbenefit/change-circs.htm or by calling 0845 302 1444.

Child benefit is worth £20.30 a week for the first child and £13.40 for each subsequent child.

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