Marriage Tax Allowance – don’t miss out

Marriage Allowance



Those married or in a civil partnership may be entitled to a £1,150 tax break in the form of the Marriage Allowance, although it is estimated that up to 700,000 couples are still missing out.




The marriage tax allowance allows one partner to transfer £1,250 of their personal allowance (the amount you can earn tax-free each tax year) to their spouse or civil partner, if they are the higher earner, thereby lowering the higher earner’s tax bill.  


To qualify one of you needs to be a non-taxpayer, which means earning less than the £12,500 personal allowance between 6 April 2019 and 5 April 2020. The other partner needs to be a basic 20% rate taxpayer (higher or additional-rate taxpayers are not eligible for this allowance).  


The marriage tax allowance for the tax year 2019/20 is up to £250. However, you can get a rebate by back-claiming by up to four years. The amounts for each year are:

  • 2015/16 - £212
  • 2016/17 - £220
  • 2017/18 - £230
  • 2018/19 - £238
  • 2019/20 - £250


This means that if you claim now and backdate, so you get this year's, and all the previous years' allowance, you'll get up to £1,150.  


For more information and start an application go to