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The MA1 is a form used to claim Maternity Allowance in the UK. It can be filled in and returned to HMRC after the mother has been pregnant for 26 weeks.

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The MA1 is a type of form in the United Kingdom used to claim Maternity Allowance. The form can be filled in once the mother has been pregnant for 26 weeks. The payments from Maternity Allowance can start eleven weeks before the due date.

Maternity Allowance is a weekly benefit provided by the government to expecting mothers that do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay.

The form contains questions about an individual's personal details, their work and benefit status, their spouse's work status, and questions about the pregnancy. The form must be returned to HMRC.

An example page of the MA1 from 2023/24 is shown below:

A photo of page 2 of a blank MA1 form from 2023/24
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