Marriage allowance

The marriage allowance lets you transfer £1,260 of your personal allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner. This can reduce your tax bill up to £252 in the tax year.

To benefit from the marriage allowance all of the following must apply:

  • You are married or in a civil partnership
  • The lowest earner does not pay income tax, or their income is below the personal allowance of £12,570
  • The highest earner pays income tax at the basic rate, which means their income is between £12,571 and £50,270

You can backdate the claim to include any tax year since 5 April 2017 that you were eligible for marriage allowance. 

The allowance will transfer automatically to your partner every year until you cancel the marriage allowance (your income changes or the relationship ends). 

If you would like more advice on this matter or believe that you are eligible to make a claim, please do get in touch with Megan Hall