LIFETIME ISAS

Help to Buy ISAs and the Lifetime ISA

What’s going to happen to the Help to Buy ISA?

You’ll be able to open a Help to Buy ISA until 30 November 2019. Beyond that date, if you have one, you can keep saving in it until 30 November 2029. You must claim your bonus by 1 December 2030.

Head-to-head: The Lifetime ISA vs the Help to Buy ISA

Lifetime ISAHelp to Buy ISA

Age to open one

18-39

16+

Annual contribution limit

£4,000

£2,400 + an additional £1,000 in the first month

Contribution type

Any – lump sum or monthly

Monthly, up to £200

Government bonus

25% of contributions

25% of contributions

Maximum bonus

£1,000 per year until you're 49

£3,000 total

Bonus paid

Monthly

When you buy your home

Earn interest/growth on bonus

Yes

No

Eligible ISA type

Cash or stocks and shares

Cash

Maximum property price

£450,000

£450,000 in London, £250,000 everywhere else

Earliest withdrawal period to buy first home with bonus

It must be at least 12 months since the first contribution was made to your Lifetime ISA

Once you’ve saved £1,600

‘Ineligible’ access penalty

A 25% government penalty on the total value of the withdrawal

None, you just don’t get the bonus

Can I transfer my Help to Buy ISA to Nutmeg?

No, we won’t be providing this service. Read our Help to Buy transfers FAQ 

Can I have a Lifetime ISA and a Help to Buy ISA?

If you currently have a Help to Buy ISA you can continue to put money into it. You can transfer it to the Lifetime ISA (though not at Nutmeg), or you can choose to save into both — but you will only be able to use the bonus from one of them to buy your first property.

Can I transfer my Help to Buy ISA to a Lifetime ISA?

If you have a Help to Buy ISA, you can choose to transfer your savings into a Lifetime ISA. However, any funds transferred from a Help to Buy ISA to a Lifetime ISA will be treated as current year payments and count towards the annual Lifetime ISA limit.

Open a Lifetime ISA

A Lifetime ISA may not be right for everyone

As with all investing, your capital is at risk. The tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future. If you are unsure if a Lifetime ISA is the right choice for you, please seek financial advice.

  • You must be 18-39 years old to open one.
  • If you need to withdraw the money before you’re 60, and it’s not for the purchase of a first home up to £450,000, or a terminal illness, you’ll pay a 25% government penalty. So you may get back less than you put in.
  • Compared to a pension, the Lifetime ISA is treated differently for tax purposes. You may be better off contributing to a pension.
  • If you choose to opt out of your workplace pension to pay into a Lifetime ISA, you may lose the benefits of the employer-matched contributions.