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March is top month for Marriage Allowance claims

Marriage Allowance claims rose before the start of the new tax year.

As the tax year draws to a close, couples who are married or in civil partnerships could be due a financial boost by sharing unused tax allowances.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed March is the most popular month for Marriage Allowance applications, with almost 70,000 couples applying in March last year. And with the option to backdate their claim for the previous 4 tax years, eligible couples could receive a lump-sum payment worth more than £1,000, in addition to reducing their tax bill for the 2023 to 2024 tax year by up to £252.  

People can find out in 30 seconds if they are eligible by using the online Marriage Allowance Calculator.

Marriage Allowance saves couples money by allowing the lower or non-earner to reduce the amount of tax their partner pays by transferring up to £1,260 of their Personal Allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner.

The easiest way to claim Marriage Allowance is online via GOV.UK.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary, yesterday said:    

Marriage Allowance keeps money in your pocket by reducing the amount of tax you and your spouse pay by up to £252 a year. You can check your eligibility and apply on GOV.UK. Search ‘Marriage Allowance’ to find out more.

To benefit from the tax relief, one partner must have income less than the Personal Allowance of £12,570, and the higher earning partner’s income must be between £12,571 and £50,270 (£43,662 in Scotland).

The government is offering help for households. Check GOV.UK to find out what financial and practical support, including income support, people could be eligible for.

Further information

More information about Marriage Allowance  

Marriage Allowance lets individuals transfer up to 10% of their tax-free Personal Allowance. The maximum amount that can be transferred to their husband, wife or civil partner is dependent on the Personal Allowance for that tax year.       

Tax Year Marriage Allowance amount
2023/24 £252
2022/23 £252
2021/22 £252
2020/21 £250
2019/20 £250

In Scotland, couples can benefit from Marriage Allowance if the partner with the higher income pays income tax at the starter, basic rate or intermediate rate – which typically means their income is between £12,571 and £43,662.


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