How to claim Blind Person’s Allowance

Blind Person’s Allowance is an extra amount of tax-free allowance, find out below whether you are entitled.

What is Blind Person’s Allowance?

The Blind Person's Allowance is added to your tax-free Personal Allowance and increases the amount of income you can have each year before you start paying tax.

The Blind Person's Allowance for the tax year 2017-18 is £2,320, regardless of your age or income.

Can I claim for Blind Person’s Allowance?

You can claim Blind Person’s Allowance if you’re registered blind or if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland and are unable to work where eyesight is essential.

How to claim the Blind Person’s Allowance

You have to claim the Blind Person's Allowance - it won’t be given automatically.

Call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to make a claim 0300 200 3301. They are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, Saturday 8am - 4pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm. Please have your National Insurance number ready as you will be asked for it.

You can ask HMRC to backdate your claim for up to the previous four tax years if you were eligible then.

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Can I transfer Blind Person’s Allowance?

You can transfer the Blind Person's Allowance, or the unused part of it, to your spouse or civil partner. This can be done whether or not they are blind. If both you and your spouse or civil partner qualifies for Blind Person's Allowance you can claim an allowance each.

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