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How do you apply for child benefit?

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JennyPenny22 Sun 05-Jul-09 14:06:11

I am sure with DD1 I got a form when I registered her birth I didn't with DD2 and she is already 10 weeks and just realised that I still haven't done it blush.

Will it be back dated? How do I apply?

islandofsodor Sun 05-Jul-09 14:07:46

With my scond child I just phoned them up on the number that was on my annual notification of increase and they added the second child.

It can be backdated but only for a certain amount of time.

pasturesnew Sun 05-Jul-09 14:09:05

You can get a form off the internet here:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/TaxCreditsandChildBenefit/Childbenefits/DG_073775

and it says they will backdate for 3 months so if you get cracking you should be able to get it all the back to DD2's birthday.

Congratulations on your new baby!

oodlesofpoodles Sun 05-Jul-09 14:09:48

You get a form in your bounty pack but its easily lost amongst all the crap. You can apply online at hmrc website and I think they backdate a bit of it. I forgot to do mine with dc2.

ThingOne Sun 05-Jul-09 15:16:01

Yep, easy to do on-line. I had a homebirth with DS2 so no form. At least I was spared the Bounty pack!

JennyPenny22 Sun 05-Jul-09 19:36:14

Thank you all!

JennyPenny22 Sun 05-Jul-09 19:37:04

Can I just check - you have to print it out and send it off? There is no way you can just do it all online?

pasturesnew Mon 06-Jul-09 10:49:45

Looks like it as you have to send the birth certificate to them too. If you call them they will send you a paper copy in the post, seems like you still have just enough time for that.

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