Tax and retirement - Age Allowance


In 2012/09 the standard age allowance for people aged sixty-five to seventy-nine is £7,180 (£61.19 a week) for a single person and £7,069 (£96.86 a week) for a married man.

The higher age allowance for people over eighty is £7,610 (£66.69) for a single person and £7,809 (£100.10) for a married man. People whose total income is less than these amounts should pay no tax at all. If your income is above these amounts, you will pay tax on the excess.


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Tax and retirement - Age Limits


The standard age allowance is available if you, or your spouse, are aged sixty-five or more in the tax year. The over eighties age allowance is available if you, or your spouse, are aged eighty or more in the tax year.
Even if your birthday is on 9 April 2009, the last day of the current tax year, you can claim for the whole year. So if you or your spouse were born before 6 April 2008, you should get the standard age allowance. And if you or your spouse were born before 6 April 1909, you should get the over eighties age allowance.
Women aged sixty to sixty four do not receive the age allowance. They get the standard younger person's allowance which is 9609 . . . ... see: Tax and retirement - Age Limits