UK households get tax-free personal allowance increased to £15,640

UK households can get an extra £3,000 income tax-free this year. People could qualify for an extra £3,000 tax relief, which can also be backdated up to four tax years, depending on their circumstances, in a major Cost of Living boost.

Blind Person's Allowance gives people an additional £3,070 on top of their personal allowance, totalling £15,640 of tax-free income this year. If you’re in England and Wales you can claim Blind Person’s Allowance if you’re registered with your local council as blind or severely sight impaired.

You also need to have a certificate that says you're blind or severely sight impaired (or a similar document from your doctor). If you’re in Scotland and Northern Ireland you can claim Blind Person’s Allowance if you cannot do work for which eyesight is essential and you have a certificate that says you're blind or severely sight impaired (or a similar document from your doctor).

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"You have to claim the Blind Person's Allowance – it won’t be given to you automatically," the RNIB warned. "Claims can be backdated by up to four tax years, so if you were registered blind or severely sight impaired in or before the 2020-21 tax year you could benefit by up to £2,588 if you pay tax at the basic rate of 20 per cent.

"You can transfer the Blind Person's Allowance, or the unused part of it, to your spouse or civil partner if you don't pay tax or can't use all of it. This can be done whether or not they are blind. If both you and your spouse or civil partner qualify for Blind Person's Allowance you can claim an allowance each.

"Claims for tax allowances are allowed in cases where a partner has died before the claim is made. Such claims can be backdated by up to four years provided all other conditions for the allowance are met."