As we approach the 31 January 2024 tax return deadline, it’s crucial for sole traders, to be well-prepared and aware of your obligations.
Between the 2020/21 and 2022/23 tax years, there was a 21 per cent rise in tax investigations into SMEs, highlighting the fact that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has ramped up its interest in this area.
His Majesty the King’s speech, at the state opening of Parliament, is a significant event for businesses and financial professionals who rely on Government regulation to function effectively and within the law.
There are many financial and legal benefits to being married or in a civil partnership, but one of the most overlooked reasons is the potential for tax relief.
This is because, thanks to the Marriage Allowance, where one partner earns below the tax threshold, they can transfer a portion of their personal allowance to the other partner, reducing the amount of tax they need to pay.
Am I eligible?
The Marriage Allowance relies on one spouse earning below their Personal Allowance of £12,570 per year. This can be through not working, having a low-paying or part-time job, or being retired.
The other partner must be paying the basic tax rate to receive the allowance, meaning their annual income must be between £12,571 and £50,270 per annum.
If this is the case, the lower-earning partner can transfer up to £1,260 of their personal allowance to their higher-earning partner.
How does it work?
By transferring part of your personal allowance to your partner, you increase their personal allowance up to £13,830. This reduces the portion of their income that they are liable to be taxed on, saving them up to £252 per year.
It is important to bear in mind that this transfer reduces the personal allowance of the lower-earning partner by the same amount, meaning that if they earn over £11,310, they are liable to pay tax.
Despite this, it is often still worth the transfer, as the lower-earning partner will still be paying a lower amount of tax, and it will contribute to an overall saving for both partners.
How do I get it?
You can apply for Marriage Allowance on the Government website if you fit all the criteria mentioned above.
If you or your partner were born before 6 April 1965, you may benefit more by applying for Married Couple’s Allowance instead.
It is also possible to backdate the claim to include any tax year from 5 April 2019, meaning that you and your partner can get further reductions to your tax bill.
If you are unsure whether the Marriage Allowance will benefit you and your partner, get in touch with our experts today for help and advice.