Blind Person’s Allowance

Find out how the blind person’s allowance works, how much is available, who is eligible to claim it along with how to claim it from HMRC.

Updated 2 November 2021

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1. What is the Blind Person’s Allowance for 2021/2022?

The Blind Person’s Allowance is an additional amount of personal allowance given to those with impaired sight. It one of HMRC’s allowances means that those who are eligible to claim it are able to earn more before they start paying income tax.

The blind’s persons allowance for 2021/2022 is £2,520. So for those that are eligible to claim it, they can earn up to £15,090 tax-free (£12,570 + £2,520) during the tax year.

2. What is the Blind Person’s Allowance for 2022/2023?

In the recent Autumn Budget, it was announced that the blind person’s allowance for 2022/2023 will become £2,600

3. Who is Eligible to Claim the Blind Person’s Allowance?

If you live in England and Wales, you can claim the blind person’s allowance if you’re registered as blind or severely sight impaired with your local council.

If You Live in Scotland and Northern Ireland, you can claim the blind person’s allowance if you are unable to do work for which eyesight is essential.

4. How to Claim the Blind Person’s Allowance from HMRC

You can claim the blind person’s allowance by calling HMRC on 0300 200 3301.

5. Transferring Unused Allowance

Similar to the marriage allowance, you can transfer any unused blind person’s allowance to your spouse or civil partner if you do not pay tax or cannot use all of it by calling HMRC on 0300 200 3301. It means that their personal allowance will be increased and they can benefit from additional tax-free earnings.

6. Historic Blind Person’s Allowance Rates

Here are the previous blind person’s allowance rates:

  • 2021/2022 £2,520
  • 2020/2021 £2,500
  • 2019/2020 £2,450
  • 2018/2019 £2,390

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About Anita Forrest

Anita Forrest is a Chartered Accountant, spreadsheet geek, money nerd and creator of www.goselfemployed.co - the UK small business finance blog for the self-employed community. Here she shares simple, straight-forward guides to make self-employment topics like taxes, bookkeeping and banking easy to understand.