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    • Former MSE Sam M
    • By Former MSE Sam M 2nd Jun 15, 4:39 PM
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    Former MSE Sam M
    Marriage Allowance
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    • 2nd Jun 15, 4:39 PM
    Marriage Allowance 2nd Jun 15 at 4:39 PM
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    • bigk
    • By bigk 17th Jun 15, 5:47 PM
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    bigk
    Husband spent the morning (not joking) trying to get Post office to verify him (no luck) then Experian (Horaay it worked) to agree who he was!!!! Then was transferred back to the Gov site for the simple task of entering NI numbers and my name so I could have some of his tax allowance. Guess what HMRC doesn't know who I am now - been paying tax for over 40 years, wonder where that's been going! What do we do next it just says that he should check my details again! Any ideas please.
    Originally posted by ThelmaLouise
    Why don't you contact HMRC. I know it's a pain but the system would not verify us so we rung HMRC at 8am and got through in 5 minutes. All the lady wanted was both our NI numbers and that was it. That was last Tuesday and this morning we received a new tax code in the post. Job done!
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 17th Jun 15, 8:50 PM
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    Doc N
    Why don't you contact HMRC. I know it's a pain but the system would not verify us so we rung HMRC at 8am and got through in 5 minutes. All the lady wanted was both our NI numbers and that was it. That was last Tuesday and this morning we received a new tax code in the post. Job done!
    Originally posted by bigk
    Tried that - and they refused point blank to do it. Maintained it had to go through the email/ID check system and that there was no other way it could be done - and that was after referring it to a 'manager'.

    HMRC is clueless these days - total lack of any consistency in anything they do. What used, a few years back, to be a pretty helpful, responsive outfit is now worse than dealing with Scottish Power or Npower. Thanks, Conservatives, for wrecking our pubic services.
    • bigk
    • By bigk 17th Jun 15, 10:16 PM
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    bigk
    Sorry you have had so much trouble sorting this out(along with many others including myself). When we rung last week we were told that they had just started taking applications over the phone providing we had received the"invitation". However, I agree with you that there is a lot of incosistency in the way that they deal with their customers.
    • bullshot
    • By bullshot 25th Jun 15, 12:57 PM
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    bullshot
    I applied on March 9th then got this email on April 18th......


    Thank you for taking the time to register for Marriage Allowance. This new allowance starts from April, and you will be one of the first couples to be invited to apply online. We will send you an email when the application system is up and running, and give you all the information you'll need.
    To apply for Marriage Allowance online, you will need to confirm your identity through the Government's 'Verify' service. For this you'll need a valid UK passport or UK photocard driving licence, along with information about your finances such as a recent credit card or mortgage statement.
    This email is just to keep you up to date, so there is no need to contact us.


    Heard nothing since.Should I count the 14 weeks wait period from March 9th or April 18th?...tia...
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 25th Jun 15, 7:51 PM
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    Doc N
    I applied on March 9th then got this email on April 18th......


    Thank you for taking the time to register for Marriage Allowance. This new allowance starts from April, and you will be one of the first couples to be invited to apply online. We will send you an email when the application system is up and running, and give you all the information you'll need.
    To apply for Marriage Allowance online, you will need to confirm your identity through the Government's 'Verify' service. For this you'll need a valid UK passport or UK photocard driving licence, along with information about your finances such as a recent credit card or mortgage statement.
    This email is just to keep you up to date, so there is no need to contact us.


    Heard nothing since.Should I count the 14 weeks wait period from March 9th or April 18th?...tia...
    Originally posted by bullshot
    I wouldn't bother to use either date. The 14 weeks they still quote went out of the window a long time ago. I'm currently on 18 weeks, and still no email, even after making a formal complaint about the delays. There was a time when that would have been handled within 7 days, but they're so swamped with complaints now about the poor service they can't even cope with the complaints - let alone basic service levels.
  • prussell13
    MA Problems also
    I had problems tonight wouldnt accept bank details. Typical IT systems from the government not got buy in from all stakeholders (ie the banks).
  • LS16
    I registered interest in Marriage Allowance on 24 Feb, then received an update email on 17 April. Then received my "link" email last week. Tried to use the link but it wouldn't verify me. So I rang the number given and got auto prompt asking me to give brief details of why I was ringing. Obviously I wasn't brief enough & the system couldn't cope! At one point the voice actually said "garbage garbage"!! Then it told me my query couldn't be dealt with, that they were very busy & I should ring another time. I was disconnected. Total shambles.

    So I came on here & found most people were having problems but I saw some helpful advice which I tried the next day. I rang early (8.20am). When the auto prompt asked why I was calling I just said "Marriage Allowance". That seemed to do the trick & after a couple of other questions I was soon put through to an adviser. I told her I'd had an email with a link in it but that my ID couldn't be verified online. (I'm not sure they'll do anything until you've had that email.) She took my husband's NI number & asked his name & that was it done. She said he would get notification through in a few days.

    So don't give up. It's our entitlement. Hope this helps.
    • dominoman
    • By dominoman 1st Jul 15, 9:16 AM
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    dominoman
    Indifferent Iain works just enough and earns £5,000 in a part-time job at his local fish and chip shop.

    Iain's wife, hard-working Hannah, is a software developer. She earns £35,000 and is a basic-rate taxpayer (higher-rate tax starts at £42,385 for most). Her personal allowance increases by £1,060 to £11,660 when Iain chooses to make his transfer.
    It's always the guy who is lazy, f3ckless or spendthrift, and the lady who is the sensible hard-working one.

    How would this read if the roles were reversed:
    Apathetic Anna, who potters around in a pop-up shop funded by her hard-working husband earns £5,000.

    Her hard-working husband Iain, is a software developer.

    Come on MSE. Stop perpetuating this lazy male-bashing. It just alienates us.
    • sharpharp
    • By sharpharp 1st Jul 15, 12:03 PM
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    sharpharp
    First email in March said applications would be open within 14 weeks...

    The last update email I got was on the 19th of April, saying a link would be sent....

    July now and no email link or any further updates yet...

    Looks like you get mixed messages via the phone, so are people just waiting for the email to eventually turn up?
  • let go aft
    Marriage Allowance
    Just to let you know, I applied in March , received invitation to apply on 28th June, had problems with the Verify section , but to be honest , prior to entering the last 4 digits of my bank account , I noticed a hint , giving me the sort code of an account , which turned out to be the account that my wife has her pension paid into . Worth noting , to look for hint. Anyway , it all failed, rang them 10;00 Monday, got cut off, rang again , confirmed that I had , the invitation, got through, two minutes , all done. Was advised 8 weeks to activate, with backdated amount.

    Just keep trying , providing you have had the invitation to apply.
    • StevieandSonya
    • By StevieandSonya 1st Jul 15, 9:14 PM
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    StevieandSonya
    looking for help. Registered for MA back in Feb, now some 19 weeks ago. received an acknowledgement from HMRC but nothing since. I have emailed them twice and registered a complaint about the lack of action but have still not received any communication from them. Any tips as to how to get HMRC to do their jobs???
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 2nd Jul 15, 8:00 AM
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    Doc N
    looking for help. Registered for MA back in Feb, now some 19 weeks ago. received an acknowledgement from HMRC but nothing since. I have emailed them twice and registered a complaint about the lack of action but have still not received any communication from them. Any tips as to how to get HMRC to do their jobs???
    Originally posted by StevieandSonya
    Pretty much exactly the same situation here - including the complaint. If you really want some action, contact your local MP and complain to him/her. Ridiculous, but with today's HMRC it seems to be the only way to shake them into action.
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 6th Jul 15, 10:32 AM
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    Iceweasel
    I'm confused - not difficult when it comes to dealing with HMRC.

    Is it worth my while applying for MA?

    I'm receiving a very small amount of Pension Credit Guarantee Credit and I'm worried that an increase of £212 a year might lift me out of the guaranteed element therefore rendering me liable to full Council Tax etc.

    Would they not reduce my Pension Credit by exactly the same amount as I benefit from the MA.

    I was born after April 1948 - on State pension - wife under pension age and does not work or claim any benefits.
    • zygurat789
    • By zygurat789 6th Jul 15, 12:17 PM
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    zygurat789
    I'm confused - not difficult when it comes to dealing with HMRC.

    Is it worth my while applying for MA?

    I'm receiving a very small amount of Pension Credit Guarantee Credit and I'm worried that an increase of £212 a year might lift me out of the guaranteed element therefore rendering me liable to full Council Tax etc.

    Would they not reduce my Pension Credit by exactly the same amount as I benefit from the MA.

    I was born after April 1948 - on State pension - wife under pension age and does not work or claim any benefits.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    Marriage allowance is a tax allowance, therefore, one of you has to be paying tax for it to be worthwhile. Your gross income will be unaffected by the marriage allowance which merely reduces the tax you pay.
    The only thing that is constant is change.
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 6th Jul 15, 3:38 PM
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    Iceweasel
    Marriage allowance is a tax allowance, therefore, one of you has to be paying tax for it to be worthwhile. Your gross income will be unaffected by the marriage allowance which merely reduces the tax you pay.
    Originally posted by zygurat789
    Thanks for that.
    • Treasure2011
    • By Treasure2011 8th Jul 15, 2:23 PM
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    Treasure2011
    Do you think the increase in tax free allowance from £10,600 to £11,000 in the 2015 July budget mean that the £1,060 marriage allowance transfer is raised to £1,100?
    • zygurat789
    • By zygurat789 8th Jul 15, 4:12 PM
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    zygurat789
    Do you think the increase in tax free allowance from £10,600 to £11,000 in the 2015 July budget mean that the £1,060 marriage allowance transfer is raised to £1,100?
    Originally posted by Treasure2011
    Yes that is how it works, it is 10%. But it isn't effective until 6 April 2016.
    The only thing that is constant is change.
    • mcgsp
    • By mcgsp 8th Jul 15, 11:15 PM
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    mcgsp
    I wonder if anyone could help?

    If your total income is just below the limit where you would have to pay higher rate tax (ie less than £1060 below it), will you still be able to receive the full transfer of the £1060 allowance from your partner?
    • mamabuddah
    • By mamabuddah 9th Jul 15, 9:23 AM
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    mamabuddah
    Made the mistake of both of us registering...obviously didn't read the thing ( or understand at the time) had the follow up emails but still nothing about verification.
    Husband £16500 pension
    Wife £840 pension
    Neither are state pension age, so am I right in thinking that surplus tax allowance in this scheme can go to husband and same as everyone else is asking, should we just keep waiting for next email and if successful will it be backdated to date of first email? Thanks for any advice.

    Btw husband 59
    Wife 61
    Last edited by mamabuddah; 09-07-2015 at 9:31 AM.
    No two ways about this one: Anything Free is not a Basic Right..it had to be earned...by someone, somewhere
    • zygurat789
    • By zygurat789 9th Jul 15, 9:31 AM
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    zygurat789
    I wonder if anyone could help?

    If your total income is just below the limit where you would have to pay higher rate tax (ie less than £1060 below it), will you still be able to receive the full transfer of the £1060 allowance from your partner?
    Originally posted by mcgsp
    Whyever not it's for basic rate taxpayers?
    The only thing that is constant is change.
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