JISA to adult ISA transition period – tune in

Currently a Junior Individual Savings Account (JISA) can be held by a child until the day they turn 18, the annual allowance for which is currently £9,000. On their 18th birthday, the child can open an adult stocks and shares ISA, the annual subscription which is currently £20,000. All pretty straightforward.

Now, for the interesting part – at present a child can open an adult cash ISA when they turn 16, benefiting from the full £20,000 adult allowance – a child can hold an adult cash ISA alongside a JISA whilst they are under 18.

So, with current allowances, a total of £29,000 can be paid into their ISAs in one tax year. Repeatable in the tax years they turn 17 and 18, contributions totalling £87,000 can be made in under three years.

It’s a wrap

For people looking to put money aside for their children or grandchildren, there are interesting tax wrapper opportunities out there. Now, that’s worth considering, isn’t it?

The value of investments and income from them may go down. You may not get back the original amount invested. A pension is a long-term investment. The fund value may fluctuate and can go down. Your eventual income may depend on the size of the fund at retirement, future interest rates and tax legislation.