Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are long-term, tax-free savings accounts for children.
In the 2016 to 2017 tax year, the savings limit for Junior ISAs is £4,080
Who can get a Junior ISA
Your child can have a Junior ISA if they:
- are under 18
- live in the UK
You can’t have a Junior ISA as well as a Child Trust Fund. If you want to open a Junior ISA ask the provider to transfer the trust fund into it.
How Junior ISAs work
There are 2 types of Junior ISA:
- a cash Junior ISA, eg you won’t pay tax on interest on the cash you save
- a stocks and shares Junior ISA, eg your cash is invested and you won’t pay tax on any capital growth or dividends you receive
Your child can have one or both types of Junior ISA.
The child can take control of the account when they’re 16, but can’t withdraw the money until they turn 18.