High Income Child Benefit Charge Payment Plan

Last Updated: May 29, 2021By Tags:


The High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) takes effect from July 2021. The HICBC means that Child Benefit will be effectively means-tested for tax relief by reference to personal income, because the payment can result from its inclusion. This is a major reform in the tax system in Canada and in the United States. Most accountants have already been trained and prepared to deal with this new tax system. The important thing is to get the right professional advice when you need it.


HICBC and other Income Tax Charge Plans

There are some differences between the HICBC and other income tax charge plans in the United Kingdom. For example, there is a limit on the amount of eligible expenses that can be claimed by families with children under the age of 18. The maximum yearly personal assets in the account are also subject to an annual review. It is important to understand how this works if you are looking into a high income child charge plan. Most accountants will have already provided you with this information.



The high income child benefit charge applies to the first $4000 of income from sources such as employer payments and some trusts. A further $4000 plus tax-relief may be available for some supplemental benefits. There are special credits for couples who have both been claiming child benefits. This credit cannot be used by a non-domiciled spouse.




Regular Corporate Taxes

It is important to understand the tax treatment of dividends received from interest or capital investments. These payments are called ‘interest income’ and are not taxable. The dividends are subject to the corporate tax rate on these types of transactions. However, when corporations make interest payments, they are required to deduct the interest income in their regular corporate taxes. There are exceptions to this principle and the tax-writers for high-income child tax credit plans should consider this carefully before allowing a corporation to offset this cost with the exclusion of interest income.


Regular Income Tax Rate

A hick plan allows for the convenience of paying income taxes at different levels. For example, the regular tax rate on wages can be deferred until such time as one receives the national insurance credits. Then the earnings can be taxed according to the regular income tax rate. Again, this is helpful for single parents where the payment schedule may vary from year to year because of unemployment.

There are also situations when a high income child benefit charge payment plan allows a lower tax payment amount. For instance, a married couple may elect to pay a prorated lump sum. This amount can be split up and divided up between the husband and wife. In this situation, both parties would receive the same tax return. There is an exception to this principle for high income child benefit payments made within the year.


HICBC Chartered Accountants

HICBC chartered accountants are not licensed tax preparers but tax law experts. The states have specific rules and regulations pertaining to their professional conduct and professional liability. Taxpayers need to be aware of these rules. HICBC chartered accountants are not allowed to write tax prepares. They cannot give advice on tax issues or make recommendations on which tax preparation system would work best for a taxpayer.





The HICBC does not limit the number of eligible beneficiaries that a person or his/her estate can claim under the plan. If a partner is deceased, there are ways to adjust the adjusted net income of the surviving spouse under the HICBC plan. The surviving spouse must pay the appropriate amount to the government in order to take advantage of the plan.


Children to the Hicbc Account

In case of a married couple, the couples must reach an agreed upon adjusted gross income of at least five hundred thousand dollars for the year. For people who become a dependent of another person, the dependents may also be able to take advantage of the plan. If a spouse is deceased, the couple may also choose to add their children to the hicbc account.


Advantage of the Hicks

When a married couple has reached an adjusted net income of five hundred thousand dollars and one partner is deceased, the survivor can still participate in the hicbc plan. In order to participate in the plan after one partner dies, the surviving spouse must meet specific requirements. A beneficiary may have to obtain a certificate of death with a U.S. passport if the deceased was not a U.S. citizen. Another requirement is that the beneficiary must reside in the United States. If either partner does not meet the requirements, then the other partner can continue to take advantage of the hicks.




Economically Active

The majority of civil partners in a civil partnership are considered to be economically active. The IRS breaks down the way these partners should be treated in terms of contributions to the hicbc. These partners must contribute an amount equal to fifty percent of the higher of their combined adjusted gross income or the lower of their combined adjusted gross income, divided by two. If a partner does not meet the above requirements, then they cannot begin to contribute to the hicbc until they reach five hundred thousand dollars in income. Once a partner reaches the five hundred thousand dollar mark, they are considered active participants in the plan.