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Marriage Allowance Transfer and Self Assessment

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Cutting Tax
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Cutting Tax
I complete my Self Assessment using the HMRC website and their website software. For the last two or three years, I have filled in my details and when I get to the calculation there is an entry marked "Marriage Allowance Transfer" which reduces my tax by the appropriate amount.

This year, when I get to the calculation, there is no such entry and my tax is £237 more than it should be.

This is not the wife being awkward, I still have that transfer and on the first page when I log into HMRC, it says I have that transfer.

But the calculation does not pick it up.

Is this a common problem (ie HMRC screwed up the software) or are HMRC picking on just me?
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  • nohnoh Forumite
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    Its not just you. Mine is the same.
    No MAT in the calculation.
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    badmemorybadmemory Forumite
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    edited 25 November 2019 at 11:42PM
    I suspect this is because they say it is a reduction in your tax liability & not an increase in your tax allowance. Logic does not seem to be their strong suit!


    So file & it should show as a reduction in your liability. Mind I am not holding my breath as they seem to be going from bad to worse. I think "systems not fit for purpose comes to mind".
  • jimmojimmo Forumite
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    I complete my Self Assessment using the HMRC website and their website software. For the last two or three years, I have filled in my details and when I get to the calculation there is an entry marked "Marriage Allowance Transfer" which reduces my tax by the appropriate amount.

    This year, when I get to the calculation, there is no such entry and my tax is £237 more than it should be.

    This is not the wife being awkward, I still have that transfer and on the first page when I log into HMRC, it says I have that transfer.

    But the calculation does not pick it up.

    Is this a common problem (ie HMRC screwed up the software) or are HMRC picking on just me?


    Are you sure about that? I am not exactly the world's greatest expert in anything related to computers but when you complete an online SA Return the first step is a calculation of your (pure) tax liability, the amount of tax chargeable on your income. Then, perhaps after a day, You should see your statement of account which should give a credit for the MAT.
    I would suggest you submit your Return now. See what happens the following day. If there's a problem you will have a reasonable amount of time to sort it out before 31 Jan.
  • Thank you all three.

    As two of you think this is a staged process, HMRC must run several versions of software! In previous years - and this year, the calculation seems to be complete (except this year no MAT), ending up with a figure that they say I should pay. It has always done this before I submit it and previously has arrived at the correct figure (before submission). In previous years I have not submitted until I was happy that the figure agreed (more or less) with my own calculations.

    I will give them a phone call - see if I can get through!
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    Or maybe your income for 2018:19 is at the level where you are not eligible for Marriage Allowance??
  • I wish it were!
  • nohnoh Forumite
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    Thank you all three.

    As two of you think this is a staged process, HMRC must run several versions of software! In previous years - and this year, the calculation seems to be complete (except this year no MAT), ending up with a figure that they say I should pay. It has always done this before I submit it and previously has arrived at the correct figure (before submission). In previous years I have not submitted until I was happy that the figure agreed (more or less) with my own calculations.

    I will give them a phone call - see if I can get through!

    I agree with this.
    I saved PDFs of the previous years tax calculation before submitting at the point where it said 90% complete.
    2017/18 has a deduction for MAT

    minus Marriage Allowance Transfer £1100.00 x 20% £220

    No such deduction appears on the 2018/19 calculation.

    Income is around the same and well below the higher rate threshold.
  • ATOMICPINKATOMICPINK Forumite
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    Did anyone get an answer to this - I noticed the name issue but have submitted and trying to contact HMRC is proving a pain today!
  • polymaffpolymaff Forumite
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    jimmo wrote: »
    Are you sure about that? I am not exactly the world's greatest expert in anything related to computers but when you complete an online SA Return the first step is a calculation of your (pure) tax liability, the amount of tax chargeable on your income. Then, perhaps after a day, You should see your statement of account which should give a credit for the MAT.


    I agree that the Statement of Account - not the SA100 or the SA302 - is where to look - but if only...:(.


    I completed SA weeks ago and no statement of account has appeared online - either for me or Mrs. P.


    What an absolute shower HMRC are.
  • sb94707sb94707 Forumite
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    hi all. same problems here.. have submitted the wifes (no tax to pay), and was hoping that would trigger, an update, and show the allowance on mine nothing yet after 3 days (havent submitted mine yet).

    Have seen a post bu "dazed an confused" saying submit, then call HMRC to get them to force the allowance transfer through.

    will call on monday if no change shown by then.
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