Joys of parenthood – tax tips for parents

Some tax saving tips for parents

  • From 6 April 2009 expectant mothers can claim a lump sum of £190 in the 25th week of pregnancy. Claim forms are only available from the midwife or doctor. The midwife or doctor will need to complete their parts of the form and sign and date it before giving it out.
  • Up to £55 per week can be paid to employees in the form of Childcare Vouchers. Save tax and NI, and no cost to the employer (depending on provider chosen).
  • From 6th April the standard rate of maternity/paternity pay increased to £123.06 per week.
  • Make sure you claim for tax credits if appropriate. There is a calculator on the HMRC website . Make sure you keep HMRC up to date with any changes in circumstances eg new child.

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