Married People: Tax Allowances:Written question - 53728

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Asked by Tim Farron
(Westmorland and Lonsdale)
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Asked on: 18 November 2016
HM Treasury
Married People: Tax Allowances
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on advertising the marriage tax allowance in each year since it was introduced.
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Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 23 November 2016

The Marriage Allowance was introduced in April 2015, to recognise the importance of marriage and provide support to those on low incomes, many of whom have little engagement with tax matters. So it is right that the Government has taken action to improve awareness of the positive impact this allowance could have on family finances. Since the introduction of the Marriage Allowance in April 2015, HM Revenue and Customs has spent £1,457,479 (excluding VAT) on targeted campaigns to raise awareness. Families across the UK could be better off by up to £432 if they claim the Marriage Allowance today if their application is backdated to April 2015.

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