Gov to publish marriage tax break proposal

David Cameron has announced that proposals for a marriage tax break will be published shortly, and it is believed that details will be given to Parliament by the time of the Autumn statement in November.

A transferable tax allowance for married couples formed part of the Conservative manifesto in 2010, and the tax break would also be extended to civil partners. Labour has said it opposes any such move, and the Liberal Democrats have the ability to opt-out of supporting the proposal despite forming part of the coalition government.

It is thought the transferable allowance would only apply to basic rate taxpayers, and would allow a partner or spouse who is not working to transfer part of their annual tax-free allowance to their partner if they are earning less than the salary threshold at which the higher rate of tax kicks in - currently £41,151.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg left no doubts about where he stands on a marriage tax break by calling it "patronising drivel" from the "Edwardian age", and Labour shadow treasury minister Catherine McKinnel criticised the "out of touch policy" for excluding separated, widowed and divorced tax payers.

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