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The Maternity Allowance is a weekly amount of money that you can get if you’re pregnant (or have just given birth). You usually get it when you take time off to have a baby. You can get Maternity Allowance for up to 39 weeks in total and can claim as soon as you’ve been pregnant for at least 26 weeks.
If you’re pregnant or have just given birth, here are the scenarios where you could claim👇
A couple of other scenarios where you may qualify would be if your baby is:
If you’re employed or have recently stopped working, you’ll get around 90% of your average weekly (pre-tax) earnings, up to a maximum of £151.97 a week for 39 weeks.
You can receive Maternity Allowance for up to a total of 39 weeks. That means if you take full statutory maternity leave, your final 13 weeks will be unpaid.
When you’re self-employed, the Maternity Allowance you get depends on how much Class 2 National Insurance you’ve paid:
All you need is to fill the MA1 form and send it to HMRC. They’ll send you their decision within 24 working days. Maternity Allowance is a tax-free benefit, so you don’t need to include it in your income when you’re filing a Self Assessment!
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