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UK – Are you eligible to claim marriage allowance?

Tax saving of £252 (potentially a tax savings of £1,242!)


Marriage allowance is a tax perk available to lower income couples who are married or in a civil partnership, where one low earner can transfer £1,260 of their personal allowance to their partner, who must be a basic-rate taxpayer. The lower earner must therefore earn below the personal allowance threshold of £12,570.


This means couples can reduce their tax bill by up to £252 a year. A couple can apply any time and if eligible, HMRC could backdate the claims for up to four previous tax years (i.e. from 2018/19) to receive a payment of up to £1,242. (Tax years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 are now out of time).


Marriage allowance is one of a number of benefits and reliefs available to boost family finances at a time when many are concerned with the rising cost of living.


Marriage allowance claims are automatically renewed every year. However, couples should notify HMRC if their circumstances change.


If you need any assistance please contact our office.


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