The Marriage Tax Allowance - are you eligible?

The Marriage Tax Allowance was launched by the Government in April 2015, and can help many couples in the Meriden constituency to save over £200 from their tax bill every year.

The MTA acts as a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners; allowing eligible couples to transfer £1,100 (ten per cent) of their personal allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner if they earn more than you. This means that as a couple you can save up to £220 from your tax bill this tax year. Similarly, couples who were also eligible in 2015-16 can backdate their claim to save up to £432.

Who is eligible?

You can get the Marriage Allowance if all the following criteria apply:

  • you’re married or in a civil partnership
  • you don’t earn anything or you don’t pay tax on your income (for most people that’s an income under £11,000)
  • your partner doesn’t pay tax at the higher or additional rate (for most people that’s an income of £43,000 or below)
  • you and your partner were born after 6 April 1935. Couples born before 1935 can benefit from the separate Married Couples Allowance.

Apply

You can apply if you or your partner are currently receiving a pension.

For more information, or to apply for Marriage Tax Allowance, please visit: www.gov.uk/apply-marriage-allowance, or alternatively you can apply on the phone by calling HMRC on 0300 200 3300.