The Marriage Allowance is a valuable relief that enables couples to reduce their tax by transferring £1250 of their personal allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner.

This reduces tax by up to £250 in the tax year (6 April to 5 April the following year).

More than 1.78 million couples already take advantage of this tax relief, but it is estimated that more than 2 million are missing out on the financial benefits it offers.

Claims can also be backdated, with the closing date for couples to backdate their claim for the 2015/2016 tax year being 5 April 2020. Claims can be backdated for up to four tax years.

Couples in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can benefit from Marriage Allowance if:

  • They are married or in a civil partnership
  • They do not pay income tax or their income is below their Personal Allowance (currently £12,500)
  • Their partner does not pay tax at the higher rate (usually income must not exceed £50,000)