tax credit help please!

I have just finished my maternity leave and have decided not to return back to work due to the fact they havent been very flexible and i cannot possibly do the hours and days they offered me with a baby.

We are very lucky that we can live on hubbys wages so I can be a stay at home mum- we are no where near rich but we can get by on his income.

Someone told me the other day we may be entitled to tax credits?

Im not sure we are? Ive never been on any kind of benefit or tax credit before so im realllyyy confused!

I went on to the "entitledto" website and it tells u to fill in your income for the year 09/10- well i only started mat leave jan 10 so i had to put in practically my full wage for that year- obviously i am not earning this now?

my hubby has his own shop (food) and brings home around 20k a year.

what do i put down? because our combined wage for 09/10 is a hell of a lot more than what we earn now?

Are we entitled to the credits? can anyone explain a bit more? thanks!

(also in finances)


  • Submit your application with your 09/10 wages. Attach a letter requesting that your current circumstances be used to amend your award, as your circumstances are dramatically changed and you may otherwise face hardship.

    Give them your estimated income for this year - your husband's wage plus your earnings from maternity pay from April - end of pay period then nothing between then and April. Remember that the first 100 pounds a week of SMP is disregarded for tax credits purposes - so if you earned 125 a week, you only count 25 a week.

    Does that make sense? They should backdate your claim 3 months if you are entitled so you shoudl receive a lump sum then 4 weekly payments.
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