Lifetime ISA as good as it seems?

The lifetime ISA is a savings account that will allow people to save either towards their first home or their retirement. Those who sign up can save up to £4,000 a year and receive a government bonus of 25% – which means those who put in the maximum each year will receive a £1,000 bonus every 12 months from the government.

Individuals will be able to open a lifetime ISA from 18 years old until they turn 40; however, any withdrawals by those aged under 60, that are not for a first home, will result in the loss of all the government bonuses, plus all the interest or growth on those bonuses. On top of that… a 5% penalty would also be applied. Not sounding quite so good? Ministers originally suggested that the new ISA would be suitable for the self-employed because of the ability to withdraw cash. However, as previously mentioned, the hefty exit penalty means that self-employed people should not take out a lifetime ISA with the view of treating it like an easy-access savings account. Additionally, people who have already bought a house should think very carefully before opening a lifetime ISA as a ‘retirement only’ product. With no contributions allowed after age 50, and a ‘lock-in’ of cash until age 60, there are serious questions about the suitability of the lifetime ISA for this group. Having said this, the lifetime ISA can be used to complement rather than replace pensions as it’s a long-term savings product which allows flexibility. For mortgage advice and information regarding owning your own home, please contact us by email or by calling +44 (0) 20 3858 0313.


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