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About the Lifetime ISA

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What’s a Lifetime ISA?

A Lifetime ISA or LISA (pronounced lie-sa) is a tax-free savings account and Government scheme designed to help you save for two of life’s big milestones: your first home and/or retirement. It works like this. 

For every £4 you save – up to an annual total of £4,000 – you’ll get another £1 from the Government. That means you could earn up to £1,000 every year until you turn 50. And that’s not including the interest on top, which you won’t have to pay tax on either.

How old do you need to be to open a Lifetime ISA?
You’ll need to be a UK resident aged 18-39. Once you've opened your LISA, you can keep adding money right up until your 50th birthday. After this, the Government bonus stops, but you’ll keep earning interest on the savings. Then, after the age of 60, you can withdraw the funds.
Can I have multiple Lifetime ISAs?
No, unlike other types of ISA, you can’t have more than one Lifetime ISA at any time. If you want to change to a Lifetime ISA with a different provider you’ll need to transfer your balance over. Once complete, your old provider will close your LISA with them.
Can I transfer from an existing provider?
Yes. Full transfers from a single LISA provider are permitted for applications to our Homebuyer Lifetime ISA. We're accepting transfers in to the Homebuyer Lifetime ISA of any balance but you only qualify for the £50 cashback if your balance is over £10,000.
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