As a new tax year approaches, it is important to ensure you are in the best financial position to help protect and grow your future wealth.
Our Bitesize Tax Planning provides you with details of the key allowances and reliefs available to you. The tax planning tips are available in easy to consider sections.
This article looks at Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts (LISA).
Planning for your future
If you are aged 18-39, and looking to save for your first home or for later life, you could consider a LISA.
You can hold cash in a LISA or choose to invest it just as you would with a Stocks & Shares ISA. You can put in up to £4,000 each year up to and including the day before your 50th birthday. But remember that this £4,000 allowance contributes to your full annual ISA allowance.
The government will pay a 25% bonus on your contributions (£1 for every £4 you put in), a maximum of £1,000 a year. Nevertheless, you must be aware that a charge of 25% will be applied to any withdrawal. This is if it is for any reason other than buying your first home, at age 60+ or if you are terminally ill.
You can use your savings to help you buy your first home if all the following apply:
- The property costs £450,000 or less.
- You buy the property at least 12 months after you make your first payment into the Lifetime ISA.
- You use a conveyancer or solicitor to act for you in the purchase. The ISA provider will pay the funds directly to them.
- You’re buying with a mortgage.
For more information on Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts or to discuss any of the issues raised in this article, please contact your adviser, or call us directly on 0161 819 1131. Further information can also be found at gov.uk
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