I have recently given birth-31/3/2009 and wondered how my tax credits application will be processed?
I know normally it is based on earnings from the year before but I am only entitled to tax credits from 31/3/2009 as its my first child and if they base my payment on last years earnings then last years earnings are significantly lower than my statutory maternity pay.
On calling the tax credits they advised they would need to calculate my entitled on las years earnings then I would need to ring them up and say I was on maternity pay for them to make an amended calculation? Seems a bit pointless really?
Also does anyone know roughly, how long tax credits and child benefit claims take to process?