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Martin Lewis reveals 4 little-known ways to claim back hundreds of pounds in a few minutes

Mirror logo Mirror 15/05/2018 James Andrews
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Millions of people in Britain are owed money but don't know it. That's according to MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis – who has told viewers of ITV's This Morning about four places money could well be waiting for them. 

And it's not even a hassle to get it.

“It's just dead easy to do,” Martin told viewers.

The refunds are for everything from overpaid energy, student loan payments taken too soon, couple's tax allowances and power of attorney charges.

This is what you could be missing out on:

1. Almost 2 million people owed up to £54 refunds

The Ministry of Justice has said hundreds of thousands of people in England & Wales are due a refund because they were overcharged when seeking a lasting power of attorney.

That's because the Office of the Public Guardian isn't allowed to make a profit from carrying out this work - but didn't drop its prices after finding cheaper ways to grant powers of attorney.

“Anyone who signed up for one of these between the first of April 2013 and the 31 of March 2017 was overcharged effectively," Martin said. "Now you're able to get a rebate back”

Read our full guide on how to get it

2. £900 for marriage (or civil partnership) tax allowance

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Since April 2015, most married couples and civil partners have been entitled to the 'marriage tax allowance '.

This lets couples where one person works and the other does not transfer some of their tax allowance between each other.

It's worth £268 this year, but you can claim past years too.

“You can back claim for 3 years, and get a cheque for the rest,” Martin said.

You can apply for the Marriage Tax Allowance online. 

If you don’t have access to the internet call 0300 200 3300 - but be patient as they try and push you online.

3. Graduated uni in the past 20 years? Then you could be owed hundreds

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If you started higher education in or after 1998, the rules state you only have to pay it back from the April after you graduate, and then only as long as they meet the repayment threshold.

“You only start paying in the April after graduation – if you started paying before that...you're entitled to the money back,” Martin said.

MoneySavingExpert found that more than 100,000 people started paying back too soon in the past 3 years alone, so hundreds of thousands more could be owed cash too.

You can check by ringing the Student Loans Company on 0300 100 0611 (or +44 141 243 3660 from overseas).

Just tell them you think you started paying back your student loan before the April following your graduation, and you would like to claim back any money that you may have overpaid.

4. Winter is over - so get your cash back now

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With winter finally behind us, millions of people could be owed cash back from their energy supplier.

That's because of the way we pay.

Direct debits mean the same amount is taken out of your account each month. "You're meant to be in credit going into winter and no credit when you come out," Martin explained .

Ofgem rules mean customers are entitled to any refunds on credit as long as up-to-date meter readings have been provided.

"So if you're in more than a month's credit now, you're entitled to the rest back," Martin said.

NOW SEE: Martin Lewis urges Brits to check their tax code NOW - millions of people are owed money, often thousands of pounds

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