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Would you like a Valentine's gift of £212? All you have to do is declare you are married

Published 12/02/2016

Thousands of married couples are missing out on Marriage Allowance each year.
Thousands of married couples are missing out on Marriage Allowance each year.

Thousands of couples in Northern Ireland are missing out on over £200 each year, HM Revenue and Customs warned today.

Almost 70,000 married couples and civil partners can still apply for Marriage Allowance, boosting the average family’s finances by £212 each year to help with bills or pay for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,060 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner.

This reduces their tax by up to £212 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the next year).

You can get the Marriage Allowance if your partner’s income is between £10,601 and £42,385.

Couples will be given up to four years to claim backdated annual allowances to ensure as many as possible do not miss out.

Ruth Owen, Director General, Personal Tax, HMRC, said: “Show your spouse you love them by applying for Marriage Allowance! A cash boost is always welcome, and whether you use it to treat your loved one to a romantic dinner, put it towards a cosy weekend break or just help pay the bills, Marriage Allowance means couples in Northern Ireland can save £212 on their tax bill every year. So, don’t lose out – claim today.”

HMRC has simplified the process to apply and couples can apply online at gov.uk/marriage-allowance in a matter of minutes.

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