Back
Let us sort your Self Assessment online. £119, all in. Learn more

Blind Person’s Allowance

The Blind Person’s Allowance is a special tax-free allowance for blind people (or those who are visually impaired) to claim on top of their personal allowance.

For the tax year 2019/20, the Blind Person’s Allowance was £2,450 regardless of your age or income. In the tax year 2020/21, it is £2,500.

Who is eligible for the Blind Person’s Allowance?

In England and Wales, you can claim it if you’re registered with your local council as blind or severely sight impaired (SSI). Make sure that you have a medical certificate confirming this.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, you only need the medical certificate to claim. 

Unused allowance

If your spouse or civil partner claims the allowance but doesn’t use it all (i.e. if their total taxable income is less than their total tax-free allowances), they can transfer the unused allowance to you. 

How do I claim?

To claim the allowance, you should call HMRC on 0300 200 3301. Don’t forget that it’s not sent to you automatically.

Hey there! We really hope this article helped you. Tax matters can be a dreadful topic at times. We know. That's why we started TaxScouts.
A stress-free way to getting your taxes done.

Have a minute? See how it works

More guides & useful information

Related terms

Let us sort your Self Assessment online. £119, all in.

That’s right. No matter how complicated it gets or why you need to do a return in the first place, it’ll cost £119 to get it done. That includes VAT, last-minute changes and all the support you may need.

How it works

1. Answer a few simple questions

And we mean a few. After a couple of minutes of answering questions online we’ll have everything we need to start working on your tax return.

2. Then get paired with a tax accountant

That’s right, you’ll be matched with a real accountant who is best suited to prepare your return. Plus, they’re on hand for questions whenever you need.

3. We file your Self Assessment for you

Once you’ve signed off your return, your TaxScouts accountant will file your return online with HMRC. That’s it! We told you it was simple.