Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,190 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner-if they earn more than you.
This reduces their tax by up to £238 in the tax year to 5th April 2019.
To benefit as a couple, you (as the lower earner) must have an income of £11,850 or less. You can get Marriage Allowance if all the following apply:
- you’re married or in a civil partnership
- you don’t earn anything or your income is under £11,850
- your partner’s income is between £11,851 and £46,350
You can still apply for Marriage Allowance if you or your partner:
- are currently receiving a pension
- live abroad-as long as you get a Personal Allowance
You can apply for Marriage Allowance online.
If your application is successful changes to your Personal Allowances will be backdated to the start of the tax year (6th April).
When Marriage Allowance Stops
Your Personal Allowance will transfer automatically to your partner every year until one of you cancels Marriage Allowance or your circumstances change.