A £38k ISA bonanza for teenagers of wealthy parents?

24 March 2014
 

 

  • From 1 July 2014, 16 and 17-year olds will also be able to have a New ISA of up to £15,000 in addition to potentially having a £4,000 Junior ISA
  • This means 16 and 17 year olds can potentially have combined amounts of £19,000 invested for them in each of the two years ahead of going to university; a total sum of £38,000 per child

Comment from Jason Hollands, Managing Director, Bestinvest:

In last week’s Budget the Chancellor hit the jackpot with investors by announcing a major hike in the ISA allowance to £15,000 along with an end to the differentiated cash and stocks and shares allowances. From 1 July the enlarged “New ISA” allowance will allow savers and investors to hold whatever combination they choose to between cash, stocks and shares, including funds and investment trusts, vastly improving flexibility.

In the flurry of excitement over this very welcome news, it seems one group may have been forgotten in the various announcements: those 16 and 17 yields who are currently able to have a cash ISA of up to £5,760 opened for them, as well as potentially also having a Junior ISA.*

"We’ve ploughed through the Budget small print to try and find out what lays in store for these teenage savers, but couldn’t find a mention, so we have approached HM Revenue & Customs who have confirmed that from 1 July 2014, 16 and 17-year olds will also be able to have a New ISA of up to £15,000 in addition to potentially having a £4,000 Junior ISA. However, unlike their mums and dads, the £15,000 New ISA for this group will still be restricted to cash.

What this amounts to is that from July, 16 and 17 year olds can potentially have combined amounts of £19,000 invested for them in New ISAs and Junior ISAs invested for them in each of the two years ahead of going to university, a total sum of £38,000 per child. That of course is in addition to any investments made into Junior ISAs ahead of this.

That’s news that should bring cheers to affluent parents looking to build-up a college fund.

*http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/isa/bulletin57.pdf

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