Marriage tax allowance – Are you claiming it?

According to HMRC, two million people are still missing out on the tax break.

Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,150 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner – if they earn more than you.

This reduces their tax by up to £230 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the next year).

In November 2017, a rule came into effect  meaning that Marriage Allowance can be back dated – so you can claim for your missed payments.

You can also still claim if your partner died on or since April 5, 2015.

If you and your spouse or civil partner were eligible to claim the Marriage Allowance at any time from April 2015 you can still claim.

This means you can make up to four years of backdated claims.

You can get Marriage Allowance if all the following apply:

  • you’re married or in a civil partnership
  • you don’t earn anything or your income is £11,500 or less
  • your partner’s income is between £11,501 and £45,000 (or £43,000 if you’re in Scotland)

If you’re eligible, you can apply here.