ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR MARRIAGE ALLOWANCE?

Local MP Caroline Dinenage is urging people to check if they are eligible for Marriage Allowance.

Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,000 (ten percent) of your personal allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner if they earn more than you, so as a couple you can save up to £220 from your tax bill this tax year.

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) and if you and your partner were born after 6 April 1935.

Couples born before 1935 can benefit from the separate Married Couples Allowance.

You can apply if you or your partner are currently receiving a pension and if you were eligible for the Marriage Allowance in the 2015-2016 tax year, you can backdate your claim to 6 April 2015, and save up to £432.

Caroline said:

“Marriage Allowance can create savings for so many couples. I would encourage everyone to see if they are eligible and, if so, to apply straight away!”

It’s easy to apply for the Marriage Allowance, the easiest route being through the online application service, which takes less than seven minutes to complete. You can apply at: www.gov.uk/apply-marriage-allowance, or alternatively you can apply on the phone by calling HMRC on 0300 200 3300