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Maternity Allowance

Term

A weekly amount you can get if you’re pregnant or have just given birth. The maternity allowance can be claimed for upto 39 weeks in total, and can be claimed once you have been pregnant for at least 26 weeks.

Eligibility criteria scenarios:

If you’re employed/recently stopped working you’ll get around 90% of the average weekly pre-tax earnings, up to the maximum £151.97 for 39 weeks.

If you’re self-employed, maternity allowance depends on how much class 2 national insurance contribution you’ve paid. If you’ve paid class 2 NI for at least 13 of the 66 weeks before your baby is due, you’ll receive the full amount. If you haven’t you’ll only get £27 per week.

To claim, fill in the MA1 form, send it to HMRC and they’ll send you their decision. Note: It’s a tax-free benefit so don’t include it on your self assessment.

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