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Valentine’s Tax Benefits for Couples in 2021

As couples around the UK prepare for Valentine’s Day, the ICAEW highlights that, although it may not be the most romantic reason, getting married or entering a civil partnership has plenty of tax benefits…

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Tax Benefits for Couples

Wedding Gifts

Wedding presents from the friends and family to the couple can be tax effective! Parents can gift up to £5,000 and grandparents up to £2,500, without tax implications.

Marriage Allowance

Married couples could also be eligible to claim the marriage allowance to minimise their income tax bill. Eligible partners can’t be high rate taxpayers, and the partner earning less must have income below the personal allowance, which is currently £12,500. Partners must not be eligible for the married couple’s allowance that is currently available to some older people.

If the couple is eligible, the marriage allowance permits one partner to transfer up to 10% of their personal allowance to their husband, wife or civil partner. For the 2020 to 2021 tax year, it could cut your tax bill by between £351 and £907.50 a year.

Ownership of Assets

Additionally, ICAEW states that a marriage generates more of a ‘fluid’ environment for Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax, which allows the couple to pass ownership of assets between them free of CGT and IHT, this is regardless of the amount.

Inheritance Tax

The standard rate of IHT is 40% on estates that are worth more than £325,000 but couples can pass on their estate to their spouse completely tax free and pass on a combined £650,000 to children!

Dividend Allowance

You can share dividends with your spouse or civil partner if they are a shareholder or director of a shared company.

Private client services at Cardens Accountants

Cardens pride ourselves on taking a proactive approach to tax affairs and we will look for ways to improve your tax position, rather than just report on it.

We are happy to find tax benefits for couples. Book your free consultation or contact us: 01273 739592




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