Registration for the Marriage Allowance first opened in April 2015. It is a tax perk which allows you to transfer a part of your Personal Allowance to your spouse or civil partner.
MARRIED ALLOWANCE UK: The policy lets some couples share a slice of their annual income tax allowance.
UK government claim more than 2 million entitled couples are still slow at registering for the Married Tax Allowance.
That is despite a potential tax break for some worth up to £662.
The system allows you to reduce the tax bill of your husband, wife, or civil partner. That is providing you were both born on or after the 6th of April 1935.
So, who qualifies for Marriage Allowance 2017/18 and how do you get it? Eligibility depends on some specific personal circumstances. This guide explains how married couples, and those in a civil partnership, can apply.
Registering for the Marriage Allowance means you can transfer £1,150 of your Personal Allowance. You can share it with your spouse or civil partner providing they are earning more than you.
That would reduce their tax bill by an amount up to £230 for the current tax year (6th of April to 5th of April the next year).
But, this tax break is only for couples whereby the lower earner has an income not more than £11,500. In fact, that means the low earner would be a non-taxpayer.
In some cases you can backdate your claim to include any or all tax years since the 5th of April 2015. That could mean a tax incentive up to £662 for some couples.
There are specific rules to meet the Marriage Allowance eligibility criteria. You will qualify if all these apply to your circumstances:
Marriage Allowance registration rules allow you to apply even if you or your partner:
Note: The benefits may be different if you or your partner were born before the 6th of April 1935. In this case couples may benefit more by applying for the Married Couple's Allowance. Work out your shared taxes using the government Marriage Allowance benefits calculator online.
Registration is simple because you can apply for the Marriage Tax Allowance online. Successful applicants will get changes to their Personal Allowances backdated by automatic process. The backdate goes back to the start of the relevant tax year (6th of April).
HM Revenue and Customs have several ways of giving the extra allowance to your partner. They will either:
Personal Allowance transfers by automatic process each year. But, it will stop if one of you cancel the Marriage Allowance or your circumstances change. Typical reasons for cancellation would be for a divorce or because of a death.
Either one of the partners can cancel a Marriage Allowance online. HMRC will need you to prove your identity using information they store about you.
The actual date that the tax allowance ends will depend on which partner cancels it. It will run to the end of the financial tax year (April 5th) if you stop transferring it to your partner.
In some cases your partner may ask to stop getting your allowance. HMRC would backdate the status change to the start of the tax year that you started transferring it.
You can also cancel the allowance if you get divorced or your civil partnership ends. You have a choice if you are transferring the share to your partner:
It will run to the end of the financial tax year (April 5th) if you ask to stop transferring your partner's quota.
If there are changes to your income you should contact HM Revenue and Customs. HMRC will inform you whether:
Several changes occur if a partner dies following the transference of Personal Allowance to them. In this case:
Marriage Allowance 2017 to 2018 Tax Year in the United Kingdom