The marriage tax allowance is a free service by the Government which allows you to transfer money to your partner. This can reduce their tax by up to £252 a year, but scammers have been cheating couples out of hundreds of pounds. Financial expert, Martin Lewis, has explained how you can take advantage of this scheme and how to avoid fraudsters.
The Marriage Allowance is a tax break that allows you to transfer up to £1,260 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner if their Personal Allowance is below a certain threshold (usually this is £12,570 a year).
This can reduce their tax bill by an impressive £252 in the tax year – which runs from April 6 to April 5 the next year.
But scammers have been taking advantage of couples and have been charging them to use this service which is provided for free by the Government.
Mr Lewis reassured viewers that the scheme is not a scam, but couples should be wary of fraudsters.
He said: “The marriage tax allowance, not a scam at all. [It’s] really important if are you in a marriage or in a civil partnership and one of you is a basic 20 percent taxpayer and the other is a non-taxpayer.”
He advised viewers to take advantage of the scheme but warned they should only do this through the gov.uk website.
He warned if anyone else tries to make you pay for advice on how to claim this allowance, you should steer clear of them, as this is a free service that you should not pay for.
On his official website, moneysavingexpert.com, the matter of marriage tax scams is further explained.
His website reads: “Beware googling ‘marriage tax allowance’.
“Some shyster firms will charge you for applying (they try to look official), but it’s free to apply.”
His website says 2.4 million qualifying couples miss out on the tax break allowed under the marriage tax allowance.
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It reads: “If you’re married or in a civil partnership, you may be entitled to a £1,220 tax break called the marriage tax allowance.”
Who qualifies for this allowance?
To qualify for this scheme you need to be married or in a civil partnership, simply living together won’t make you eligible.
One of the two will have to be a low earner who doesn’t pay taxes on their income, this normally means they’ll earn under £12,570 every tax year.
The higher earner will need to be a basic 20 percent rate taxpayer.
Typically this means they’ll need to earn less than £50,270, or £43,662 in Scotland.
If you or your partner are higher or additional-rate taxpayers you won’t qualify for this allowance.
You can read more on Marriage Allowance on the Government’s official website here.Internet Explorer Channel Network