£252 HMRC message issued to UK households

Married couples could save cash through a tax break.
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Married couples have been told they could potentially save up to £252 a year through a tax break many may not be taking advantage of. This relates to couples where one earns less than the personal allowance threshold, the amount when they start paying income tax.

Some couples may not be aware that unused personal allowance can be passed to the higher earner, helping them to save cash. This is known as Marriage Allowance and allows couples to benefit if one doesn't earn enough to pay income tax.

Finance experts have encouraged couples which meet this criteria and aren't taking advantage of the offer to find out more, as they could be missing out on free cash. Janet Frodsham, head of finance at Cupid PR, explained: "Marriage Allowance allows you to transfer part of your personal allowance to your spouse or civil partner.

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"This can be beneficial if: One partner earns less: If one partner earns less than the personal allowance threshold (£12,570 for 2023/2024), they can transfer up to £1,260 of their unused personal allowance to the higher-earning partner.

"Potential savings: this could save you up to £252 a year in tax."