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Junior ISAs turn two

Junior ISAs turn two

Category: ISAs

Updated: 01/11/2013
First Published: 01/11/2013

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Today marks the second anniversary of the Junior ISA market, with new research showing that for the first time the majority of parents are aware of these tax-free savings vehicles.

According to Family Investments, 57% of parents are now familiar with Junior ISAs, compared to just 27% when they were first launched in 2011 and 44% last year.

On top of this, HMRC figures reveal that sales of Junior ISAs have jumped by 315% over the last two years, from 71,000 in the 2011/12 tax year to 295,000 in 2012/13.

What are Junior ISAs?

Junior ISAs are much like their adult counterparts in that interest earned is not taxed.

There are two types – cash and stocks & shares – which are available to children up to the age of 18 who do not qualify for a Child Trust Fund (CTF).

Up to £3,720 can be invested in a Junior ISA for the 2013/14 tax year. This can be split between cash and stocks & shares, or fully invested in either.

They can be opened by parents and grandparents on behalf of a child.

Two key differences between adult ISAs and Junior ISAs:

  • Junior ISAs don't allow switching from cash ISAs to stocks & shares ISAs and back again.
  • Funds invested in a Junior ISA cannot be withdrawn until the child turns 18.

What Next?

Compare Junior ISAs

Read our guide on Children's Savings to find out more about the difference between a CTF and Junior ISA

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