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RNIB forces change to tax decision by HMRC

RNIB has successfully challenged a decision by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) related to the Blind Person’s Tax Allowance.

HMRC had ruled that the Blind Person's Tax Allowance could not be transferred between spouses where one of them was in a care home. RNIB successfully challenged this decision on the grounds that ‘living together’ for income tax purposes includes couples where one of them is living in a care home. To find out more about this, click here.

The RNIB Tax Team makes a difference to the lives of blind and partially people by making tax and HMRC issues clearer. They can help people to claim extra tax allowances, such as Blind Person’s Allowance and Marriage Allowance, which can reduce your tax bill. This service is free, confidential and available to people with sight loss, regardless of their age or income. The team aim to ensure that people feel supported, and have access to a dedicated team within HMRC for people who need extra help with their tax and tax credits. They help customers who are unable to speak to HMRC directly because of hearing loss, dementia or living in a care home, and also have a factsheet in different formats with information on tax allowances and useful contacts.

You can contact RNIB’s tax team by ringing the Helpline on 0303 123 9999, 8am-8pm weekdays and 9am-1pm on Saturdays or emailing To find out more about the service visit the RNIB website.

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