Married People: Tax Allowances

Treasury written question – answered on 17th September 2018.

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Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Conservative, North East Hampshire

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to increase the marriage allowance.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

Consistent increases by this government to the personal allowance have also increased the Marriage Allowance, as it is linked. The personal allowance increase announced at Autumn Budget means that in 2018-19, an individual will be able to transfer £1,190 to a partner, compared to £1,060 in 2015-16.

This means that in 2018-19 the Marriage Allowance is worth £238 per year, or £900 if backdated up to 4 years.

This government is showing continuing commitment to the Marriage Allowance, and announced at Autumn Budget 2017 an extension to allow claims on behalf of deceased partners.

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