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Our guide to the Junior ISA

A Junior ISA is a long-term savings account set up by a parent or guardian with a Junior ISA provider, specifically for their child's future.

Available to those not eligible for a Child Trust Fund

Investment limit set at £9,000 for the current tax year

May be held in cash and stocks and shares

Transfer an existing Child Trust Fund into a Junior ISA

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Junior ISA explained

There are two types of children's ISAs available:

  1. cash Junior ISAs
  2. stocks and shares Junior ISAs

Both types of Junior ISA can be used to make a long-term investment for a child, which they will be able to access once they turn 18. The option(s) you choose will likely depend on your attitude to risk and which of the product features are most appropriate for your circumstances.

Are Junior ISAs worth it?

Over the long term, a stocks and shares Junior ISA offers the potential for larger returns. But it’s worth remembering that its value can fall as well as rise. This is normal for this kind of investment, but it does mean the child could get back less than has been paid in.

Cash is more secure, but the cost of living generally increases over time (inflation), so if interest rates aren't higher than inflation the final amount probably won’t buy as much in the future as it could now.

Junior ISA rules and limits: What is the current Junior ISA allowance?

The annual allowance for Junior ISAs is £9,000 for the current tax year. That means you can pay up to £9,000 into your child’s Junior ISA over the course of this tax year.

However, you are not limited to choosing just one type of Junior ISA. If you wish, you can split the annual £9,000 subscription limit, in any proportion, across both types of account.

How many Junior ISAs can a child have?

A child can have two Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISA) open at any one time—one Stocks and Shares Junior ISA and one cash Junior ISA. Once an account has been opened, you can then pay into that Junior ISA account as you see fit.

Although only legal guardians can open a Junior ISA for a child, you can also encourage others who would like to contribute to make payments whenever they like.

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Key features of Junior ISA accounts

Eligibility

Your child is eligible for a Junior ISA if they are:

  • under 18 years of age (although some providers may have lower age limits, depending on the particular account)
  • a resident in the UK
  • and/or have not been eligible for a Child Trust Fund account

Tax-efficient

A Junior ISA can be an efficient way of saving because tax isn’t paid on the returns. This means when they turn 18, your child's Junior ISA won't be liable for income tax and capital gains tax deductions.

Tax advantages depend on individual circumstances and may change in the future.

Invest for your child's future

You can open a cash Junior ISA or a stocks and shares Junior ISA, or set up one account of each kind for the same child. It's up to you how you choose to split your investment over these two accounts.

Just remember: the total payments that can be made into the accounts cannot exceed the current tax year limit of £9,000 over the course of the tax year.

You can invest significantly less than the tax year limit of £9,000 if you wish to, either as a lump sum, or as a regular investment. Please bear in mind that any unused allowance at the end of the tax year is lost and cannot be added to the allowance for subsequent years.

If you've got any questions about the rules, allowances or limits of our Junior ISAs, explore our Junior ISA FAQs.

Examples of how much you could save with a Junior ISA

£10k £0
Invest £9,000 in a Cash Junior ISA
Invest £4,500 in a Cash Junior ISA
Invest £4,500 in a Stocks & Shares Junior ISA
Invest £1,000 in a Cash Junior ISA
Invest £8,000 in a Stocks & Shares Junior ISA
Invest £9,000 in a Stocks & Shares Junior ISA

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