My wife just finished work today (that job forever) to go on maternity leave and then bring up our kids. The company is paying her 4 weeks at 90% then the statutory maternity pay which I think is £108 a week for about 9 months. Due to tax reasons she asked them not to pay it all at once and leave it until the next tax year. They refused so she received her payslip this afternoon with over a grand tax being taken off. Now a lot of the money she has been taxed on she should be getting in the next tax year where due to not working she will be receiving less than the lower limit so should pay no tax on it.
What I want to know is can she get the money back and if so how?
I know she should get it back and its wrong that she paid it in the first place but will she.
Worst comes to worst and whoever (the tax office?) wont give it back then I think its a story that the Daily Wail will love. Large Accounting Firm and Tax Man Scam Young Mother of Two!