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Civil partnership

A civil partnership is when two people live together in a relationship similar to marriage.

They form a civil partnership when they legally register their partnership in front of witnesses and can dissolve the civil partnership through a formal process akin to divorce.

Initially, only same-sex couples could register as civil partners, but since 2018 opposite-sex couples can do so as well.

What does being in a civil partnership mean for your taxes?

Civil partners have the same tax rights as married couples:

  • assets left by a civil partner to their surviving partner are not subject to Inheritance Tax
  • eligibility for Marriage Allowance
  • civil partners do not have to pay Capital Gains Tax on the transfer of assets between them.

…and also the same tax responsibilities as married couples:

  • civil partners can only nominate one primary residence for principal private residence tax exemption if sold
  • civil partners must make a joint claim for any tax credits, which will take into account both partners’ incomes
  • civil partners pay council tax together.

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