Valentine’s cash boost for couples in the South West

PUBLISHED: 12:22 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:22 12 February 2016


Thousands of married couples and civil partners in the South West are missing out on the chance to pay less tax, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) warned today.

More than 258,000 eligible couples in the South West can still apply for Marriage Allowance, boosting the average family’s finances by £212 each year to help with bills or pay for a Valentine’s Day treat.

HMRC has simplified the process to apply and couples can apply online at in a matter of minutes. Couples will be given up to four years to claim backdated annual allowances to ensure as many as possible do not miss out.

Ruth Owen, director general, personal tax, HMRC, said: “Show your spouse you love them by applying for Marriage Allowance! A cash boost is always welcome, and whether you use it to treat your loved one to a romantic dinner, put it towards a cosy weekend break or just help pay the bills, Marriage Allowance means couples in the South West can save £212 on their tax bill every year. So, don’t lose out – claim today.”

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