TRANSFER OF PERSONAL ALLOWANCES.
This is a new measure introduced in the Finance Act 2014.
A transferable allowance is available for married couples and civil partners where neither spouse or civil partner is liable to tax at the higher or additional rate.
When does it start?
It starts from the tax year 2015/16
How much can be transferred?
A spouse or civil partner (a transferor) who meets qualifying conditions will be able to elect to transfer a fixed amount of £1,060 of their personal allowances to their spouse or civil partner (the transferee).
This is equivalent to 10% of the full Basic Personal Allowance for that tax year of £10,600.
How is it calculated?
Where the transferee makes a claim to the transferred allowances their income tax liability is reduced by an amount calculated in accordance with the new section 55B FA2014.
In simple terms
The transferors liability is calculated based on the reduced personal allowances
The Transferees liability is calculated based on the increased personal allowances
What is the maximum tax saving.
For 2015/156 the tax saving is up to £212 (£1,060 x 20%)
Can the election/Claim be withdrawn
Individuals will be able to withdraw their election or claim with effect from the tax year following the year in which they notify HM Revenue & Customs. However, both the transferor and the transferee have the option to withdraw their election or claim with effect from the tax year that their marriage or civil partnership comes to a legal end.
What if one partner is a higher (or additional) rate taxpayer
In this case no election or claim can be made.
When is it not beneficial to claim
If you or your spouse or civil partner were born before 6th April 1935 it could be more beneficial to claim the “married couples Allowance” instead for 2015/16
Making a claim
You can register your interest in in making such an election or claim via the HMRC website
HMRC should then email you to tell you when you can claim.