Does the £20K ISA allowance apply only to ISAs in my name or to any ISAs?

30 July 2021

Question by Ian

Does the £20K ISA allowance apply only to ISAs in my name or to any ISAs? Can I put 20K in my ISA and 4K in my daughter's Lifetime ISA?


Answered by Boring Money

Hi Ian

The ISA allowance is per individual, so you will have an allowance of £20,000 for the current tax year and your daughter will have a separate £20,000 allowance assuming she is at least 16 years old. There is a Junior ISA allowance of £9,000 for those under 16 years old.

Therefore, you can add £20,000 to your ISA to make full use of your annual allowance and you can gift £4,000 to your daughter, for her to add to her own lifetime ISA. It may be worth checking with the ISA provider if the payment can come from your account or if it will need to come from your daughter’s account. Your daughter will then have £16,000 ISA allowance remining for the current tax year, as the 25% government bonus within her lifetime ISA, does not count towards her annual ISA allowance.

I hope that helps.

Thanks

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Boring Money