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Can you claim the 2021/22 marriage allowance?

Stuart Datlen


Marriage Allowance claims are automatically renewed every year and Nearly 1.8 million married couples and those in civil partnerships are claiming it. The allowance enables married couples or those in civil partnerships to transfer part of their personal allowances if one partner receives income under their Personal Allowance threshold of (usually) £12,570 and the other is a basic rate taxpayer.

Eligible couples can transfer 10% of their tax-free allowance to their partner, which is £1,260 in the 2021-22 tax year. It means couples can reduce the tax they pay in 2021/22 by up to £252. Couples can also backdate their claims for any of the four previous tax years, which could be worth up to £968. This means that if you claim for this tax year and backdate the maximum four years, you'll get up to a maximum of £1,220.

Married couples may have experienced a change in their circumstances which could now mean they are eligible for Marriage Allowance, including:
  • a recent marriage or civil partnership
  • one partner has retired and the other remains working
  • a change in employment due to COVID-19
  • a reduction in working hours which means their earnings fall below their Personal Allowance
  • unpaid leave or a career break, or
  • one partner is studying or in education and not earning above their Personal Allowance
If a spouse or civil partner has died since 5 April 2017, the surviving person can still claim their allowance.

If you require more information or assistance with the above please contact us.