You should use a secondary tax code if you receive other income at the same time as paid parental leave. You should use this for the smaller payment. This will help you avoid a tax bill at the end of the year.
Keeping in touch hours
If your employer agrees, you can use 'keeping in touch' hours while you're on paid parental leave.
|Birth date or due date (whichever is later) or date the child comes in to your care||Maximum keeping in touch hours|
|1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020||52 hours over the 22-week paid parental leave period|
|On or after 1 July 2020||64 hours over the 26-week paid parental leave period|
Keeping in touch hours cannot be used within the first 4 weeks after giving birth.
If you are self-employed, you can do occasional oversight or administration of your business without losing your entitlement.
For more information about what keeping in touch hours are, contact the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.
You may be able to receive Working for Families payments while you're on parental leave.