Is maternity pay counted for tax credits?
Maternity Allowance counts in full as income when calculating your entitlement to other means-tested benefits but is ignored when calculating your entitlement to Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
Does maternity pay affect child tax credits?
Maternity Allowance will not affect your tax credits but it will affect how much you get for: Council Tax Reduction. Housing Benefit. Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Does SMP count as earnings?
SMP is treated as earnings, so your employer will make any deductions (such as income tax and NI contributions) that are due. Your employer can also make other deductions from your SMP , for example pension contributions or trade union subscriptions.
Is statutory maternity pay classed as income?
Under the Universal Credit rules, Statutory Maternity Pay is classed as ‘earnings’; this means that some of the amount paid is disregarded. However, Maternity Allowance is classed as ‘income’ rather than ‘earnings’ and the full payment is taken into account.
Does SMP affect Universal Credit?
Under the Universal Credit Regulations, SMP is treated by the DWP as ‘earnings’, and is largely disregarded in the calculation of any Universal Credit award, as a result of the ‘work allowance’ and 63% earnings taper.
What is the difference between maternity allowance and SMP?
The difference between Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance is primarily down to employee eligibility and what benefits they get whilst on maternity leave (and whether as an employer you have to pay!) If you do have to pay Statutory Maternity Pay – you can normally reclaim just over 90% of that back.
Does SMP affect universal credit?
Can I get maternity allowance after SMP?
If you qualify for SMP from one employer but do not meet the qualifying conditions for SMP for the other employer, you cannot claim Maternity Allowance as you will be getting SMP from your main job.
Is statutory maternity pay deducted from Universal Credit?
Statutory Maternity Pay is treated as earnings for Universal Credit and will be partly disregarded under the work allowance. Maternity Allowance (MA) is treated as income for Universal Credit and is deducted in full.
How do I report pregnancy to Universal Credit?
You must provide evidence of the pregnancy and the due date by providing a MATB1 from your GP, hospital or midwife. You can get a MATB1 when you are 20 weeks pregnant so you shouldn’t report it before then. However, if you have a health condition at any point in your pregnancy, you will need to tell Universal Credit.
Which is better SMP or maternity allowance?
Do I need to inform Universal Credit if I’m pregnant?
Effect of pregnancy on your Universal Credit and work-related requirements. If you are pregnant you must report this by contacting Universal Credit when your pregnancy reaches 20 weeks. Either you or your partner can do this if you are both part of the same Universal Credit claim.
Are any contractual benefits exempt from SMP?
Some contractual benefits, such as childcare schemes provided by you, may be exempt from PAYE tax and National Insurance contributions. The value of childcare vouchers provided during the maternity pay period should not be deducted from the SMP. SMP must be paid in full.
Can I Pay SMP in part weeks?
SMP is a weekly payment and SMP pay weeks start with the first day of the SMP pay period, so an SMP pay period that starts on a Wednesday will have pay weeks within the pay period which runs from Wednesday to Tuesday the following week. You can pay SMP in part weeks if it helps to align the payments to your employees normal pay period.
What is my SMP entitlement for my employee?
SMP entitlement depends on your employee’s AWE in the ‘relevant period’. The AWE in the relevant period must not be less than the Lower Earnings Limit ( LEL) for National Insurance contributions which applies at the end of the qualifying week:
What is the difference between SMP and SMP pay?
SMP is a weekly payment and SMP pay weeks start with the first day of the SMP pay period, so an SMP pay period that starts on a Wednesday will have pay weeks within the pay period which runs from Wednesday to Tuesday the following week.