Blind individuals are entitled to a personal tax-free allowance which refers to the amount they can earn before they begin paying income tax. Similar to the tax-free personal allowance, there is an established amount below which those who qualify are not expected to pay tax.
What is the Blind Person’s Tax Allowance?
Most people are eligible for a personal tax allowance, which is the amount they can earn before they are required to start paying Income Tax.
Your personal allowance depends on your age and your taxable income.
For the 2020/2021 tax year, the tax-free personal allowance is £12,500, but this is due to rise to £12,570 a year.
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How much can you claim from Blind Person’s Allowance?
For the 2020/2021 tax year, the Blind Person’s Allowance is £2,500 which means this is added to your personal allowance meaning a total of £15,000 overall.
In the 2021/2022 tax year Blind Person’s Allowance is due to rise to £2,520.
This means in total, the Blind Person’s Allowance and personal tax-free allowance will be £15,090.
If you and your spouse or civil partner are both eligible, you will each get an allowance.
You are also entitled to transfer your Blind Person’s Allowance to a spouse or civil partner if you do not earn enough tax to use all of your allowance.
You are eligible to transfer the allowance if you are married, in a civil partnership, living with your spouse/civil partner or whether or not your spouse/civil partner is blind.
You can also transfer the allowance if you cannot live with your spouse or civil partner because of old age or illness, working away from home, an armed forces posting, being in prison or due to training/education.
How to claim Blind Person’s Allowance
To claim Blind Person’s Allowance, you should contact the HM Revenue and Customs.
You will need to provide details of your National Insurance number to qualify.
To contact HMRC call 0300 200 3301.
The telephone line is open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, except for public holidays, and on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm.