If you are married or in a civil partnership, and both of you were born after 6 April 1935, you may be eligible for a tax allowance worth up to £432.
The Marriage Allowance is a tax break for couples, where one person is a non-taxpayer (income below the Personal Allowance of £11,000 for the 2016/17 tax year) and the other is a basic rate taxpayer (income between £11,000 and £43,000).
The non-taxpayer can transfer £1,100 (10%) of their unused Personal Allowance to the basic rate taxpayer, meaning they can save £220 on their tax bill. The Marriage Allowance was introduced in April 2015 and last year’s allowance can be back-dated – the income tax bands were slightly different so the saving for last year was £212. This is a total potential saving of £432.
It only takes a few minutes to register for the Allowance at https://www.gov.uk/apply-marriage-allowance. If you need more details, please contact us or have a look at Martin Lewis’s website, which has a really clear explanation: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/marriage-tax-allowance.
The Allowance unfortunately doesn’t apply to higher rate or additional taxpayers. There is a separate tax allowance for couples where one or both were born before 6 April 1935.
The tax break was included in the March 2014 Budget, but was completely over-shadowed by the introduction of the new pension freedoms. An estimated 4 million couples are eligible for the Allowance, but only a small proportion have registered so please pass on this information to friends, colleagues and family.
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