Marriage Allowance

CollegeGirl

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Jan 19, 2011
9,525
North East England
My daughter has just told me of this new(?) allowance and I thought I'd share it in case anyone else might benefit.

Basically this allows people who earn less than the tax allowance (currently £10,600) to transfer some of that allowance (up to 10% I believe) to their spouse, meaning that the spouse will pay less tax on their own earnings.

It's not a huge amount of money, but every little helps as they say. This website explains in more detail:

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-allowance-guide/overview
 

jaymor

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Jul 14, 2006
12,662
England
I don't think it is new or there was something very similar where the other spouse could use an allowance that the other could not. Does that make sense:confused:
 

nitram

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Apr 6, 2011
19,684
North Manchester
It's new and only for those born on or after 6/4/35
The old Married Couple's Allowance for those born before 6/4/35 still exists.
 

turbo

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Aug 1, 2007
3,851
I remember in 1980 when I had just started work and husband was a still a student that I was able to have all of husband's tax allowance. I can't remember if it was because he was a post graduate student.
 

nitram

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Apr 6, 2011
19,684
North Manchester
"I was able to have all of husband's tax allowance."

That was before April 2000 when the married couple's allowance was abolished except for those born before 6/4/1935
 

turbo

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Aug 1, 2007
3,851
Thanks nitram. I seem to remember that I paid very little tax and it was a big help as we lived in London and bought a 2 bed flat in 1981.
 

jugglingmum

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Jan 5, 2014
5,498
Chester
You don't have to pay to claim it, but if you value your time and given the normal complexities that HMRC seem to throw at everything, is it worth it?

It should benefit basic rate tax payers with a non working spouse (ie classic mums with kids) but not all will complete the form.