Almost 1.8 million married couples and civil partners use marriage allowances to save up to £ 252 a year in income taxes, the UK Income Tax Office (HM Revenue and Customs) (HMRC) said.
Summer has always been a popular time for weddings, and newly married couples or people in civil partnerships could benefit from the tax savings. And even if they have been married for years, a change in circumstances can also mean that they are eligible for new benefits.
Marriage Allowance allows married couples or persons in civil partnerships to share their personal tax allowances if one partner has income below their personal allowance of £ 12,570 and the other is a property taxpayer.
They can transfer 10% of their tax-free allowance to their partner, which is £ 1,260 in the 2021-2022 tax year. That means couples can cut the tax they pay by up to £ 252 a year. Couples can backdate their claims for any of the previous four tax years, which can have a total value of up to £ 1,220.
Applying for the marriage grant is free and the easiest way for taxpayers to verify eligibility and claim 100% of the relief they are entitled to is through GOV.UK.
Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary said:
The marriage allowance allows eligible couples to share their personal allowances and reduce their taxes by up to £ 252 per year. Almost 1.8 million couples already use the service – it is free, quick and easy to apply for, just search for “marriage allowance” on GOV.UK.
Married couples may have experienced a change in their circumstances that could now mean they are eligible for marriage allowance, including:
- a recent marriage or civil partnership
- one partner is retired and the other continues to work
- a job change due to COVID-19
- a reduction in working hours that results in their income falling below their personal allowance
- unpaid leave or a career break, or
- a partner is studying or is in training and does not earn more than his personal allowance
If a spouse or partner has died since April 5, 2017, the surviving person can still submit an application to the income tax helpline.
Marriage allowance entitlements are automatically renewed each year. However, couples should notify HMRC if their circumstances change.