From April 2015 married couples and registered civil partners (all referred to as spouses in this article) may be eligible for a new transferable tax allowance. The transferable tax allowance will enable certain spouses to transfer a fixed amount of their personal allowance to their spouse. The maximum amount permitted is 10% of the personal allowance which will be £1,050 for 2015/16.
The option to transfer will be available to couples where neither pays tax at the higher or additional rate. If eligible, one spouse will be able to transfer £1,050 of their personal allowance to the other spouse. It will mean that the transferee will be able to earn £1,050 more before they start paying income tax, a potential saving of £210.
The claim will be made online and entitlement will be from the 2015/16 tax year. Couples will be entitled to the full benefit in their first year of marriage.
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