Mortgage interest relief at source , or MIRAS , was a scheme introduced in the United Kingdom from 1983 [1] in a bid to encourage home ownership; It allowed borrowers tax relief for interest payments on their mortgage .

In the 1983 Budget Geoffrey Howe raised the tax allowance from £ 25,000 to £ 30,000. Unmarried couples with joint mortgages could pool their allowances to £ 60,000, a provision known as Multiple Mortgage Tax Relief. This Remained in place up to the 1988 Budget, When Nigel Lawson ended the option to pool allowances from August 1988. Lawson later Publicly Expressed regret at not HAVING Implemented the changes with effect from the time of the budget, as it is agent de la que le rush To beat the deadline to a sharp increase in house prices. [2]

MIRAS was completely abolished in April 2000 by Gordon Brown , who argued it had become a middle class perk .

Receiving MIRAS was one of the justifications given by mortgage advisers when selling endowment mortgages . Citation needed ]


  1. Jump up^ Is it time for the return of Miras? ,Times Online, 21 November 2008
  2. Jump up^ Bank of England Statistics January 2007,Bank of England, January 2007