Marriage Allowance – every little helps

One of the legacies of the Cameron administration is the marriage allowance. While this tax allowance is not available to everyone, it is still worth checking. The Marriage Allowance will let you transfer £1,100 of your personal allowance to your wife, husband or civil partner- If they earn more than you. This is helpful if your salary has dropped for any reason or you work part-time.

Key facts:

Reduction in the hire earners tax by £220 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the next year).

To benefit as a couple, the lower earner must have an income of £11,000 or less.

If you were eligible for Marriage Allowance in the 2015 to 2016 tax year, you can backdate your claim to 6 April 2015 and reduce the tax paid by up to £432.

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 under £11,000
  • your partner’s income is between £11,001 and £43,000

You can still apply for Marriage Allowance if you or your partner:

  • are currently receiving a pension
  • live abroad – as long as you get a personal allowance.

If you or your partner were born before 6 April 1935, you might benefit more as a couple by applying for Married Couple’s Allowance instead. For full details see link below.


story culled from the Government Website


One thought on “Marriage Allowance – every little helps

  1. I did not know about this, thank you for opening up my eyes. Who are you and where have you been???

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