What is an ISA?

Key details:

  • An Individual Savings Account helps you to save and invest tax efficiently.
  • There are four different kinds of ISA:  a cash ISA, a stocks and shares ISA, a Lifetime ISA, an innovative finance ISA.
  • You can subscribe to the four types of ISA in lots of combinations, as long as you do not exceed the annual ISA allowance, currently £20,000. 
  • To apply for a cash ISA you must be at least 18 and a resident in the UK for tax purposes.

The ISA Allowance

  • Each tax year (6th April one year to 5th April the following year) the government sets a limit on the amount you can save in an ISA, currently this limit is £20,000.
  • You can only pay into one cash ISA with us in any tax year up to the annual limit. Total contributions per tax year across all four ISA types cannot be above £20,000.
    • Cash ISA up to £20,000 (This includes existing Help to Buy: ISA contributions of up to £200 per month)
    • Stocks and shares ISA up to £20,000
    • Innovative finance ISA up to £20,000
    • Lifetime ISA up to £4,000.
      It is easy to transfer a cash ISA or stocks and shares ISA to us.
  • Some ISAs are flexible and allow you to make withdrawals and later pay back in to the account during the same tax year and not affect your ISA allowance. This only applies to our easy access cash ISA.

Cash ISAs

A cash ISA is a savings account where as your money grows you don’t pay tax on the interest you earn.

  • Choose to have easy access to your money and withdraw free of charge. The rate you receive on this account will be variable. 
  • You can also decide to lock your money away as this may help you get a higher fixed interest rate, but you may be charged for any early withdrawal.

Please remember

  • You can only put money into one cash ISA with us in a tax year, but you can also pay into any other ISA for which you are eligible in each tax year. 
  • You may lose money if you close a fixed cash ISA before the end of its term. You can make unlimited withdrawals from your Help to Buy: ISA but you cannot claim the Government bonus on any funds you withdraw.
Cash ISAs

Stocks and Shares ISAs

A stocks and shares ISA allows you to hold a range of investments. The income and profits from investments are protected from Income and Capital Gains tax.

  • You may want to build your own portfolio using a share dealing ISA, choosing from our wide offering of investments.
  • Alternatively, if you are new to investing you can choose to invest hassle- free in our three ready-made funds with our investment ISA.

Please remember

  • You can only invest using one of these two options in a tax year. This includes Stocks and Shares ISAs held outside of Lloyds Bank
  • The value of an investment and the income from it can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you invested. Charges apply.
Stocks and Shares ISAs

Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may change. If you're unsure about investing, seek independent advice.

Help to buy: ISA

You are no longer able to apply for a Help to Buy ISA, however you can transfer an existing Help to Buy ISA from another provider to us.

Help to buy: ISA

Frequently asked ISA Questions

If you feel you need some more information about ISAs, find the answer to your question in our FAQs.

  • The interest on cash ISAs is free from UK tax. This means that, while some of your interest in other savings accounts may be subject to income tax, you don't pay any UK income tax on cash ISA interest. You do not pay any additional UK personal income tax and UK capital gains tax (where applicable) on any potential money you earn from a stocks and shares ISA, innovative finance ISA or Lifetime ISA. 

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    Tax on savings interest

    Your ISA allowance

  • You need to be 18 or over to apply for a cash ISA, and 18 or over to apply for a stocks and shares ISA, innovative finance ISA or Lifetime ISA – and a UK resident for tax purposes in all of these cases. Crown employees living abroad (such as diplomats and members of the armed forces) can also apply.

  • You can replace funds within a cash ISA, as long as you replace it in the tax year that it was withdrawn. You cannot do this with a stock and shares ISA, any money any added to your stocks and shares ISA will reduce your remaining ISA allowance even if the same amount of funds were withdrawn previously in the tax year.

  • Cash ISAs help you save without paying any income tax on the interest you earn. They are as safe as any other savings account.

    Stocks and shares ISAs are a suitable alternative if you're looking to invest for between 5 to 10 years, or longer. They allow you to hold investments without paying Capital Gains Tax on any potential profits. Any income you receive from your investments is also free from UK Income Tax. You must remember that with stock and shares ISAs, the value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you originally invested.

  • You can no longer apply for a Help to Buy: ISA. If you already have one you can still save up to £200 a month by standing order and claim the government bonus, subject to your eligibility. If you want to, you can transfer it to another provide. Find out more about transferring your Help to Buy: ISA.

  • We’ll set your Help to Buy: ISA back up with the savings you had in at the point you claimed the bonus, but you'll need to visit your local branch to start the process. The bonus will return to the scheme administrator but can be claimed again when you find another home.

    You will need to visit branch within 12 months of closing your Help to Buy: ISA

  • Lloyds Bank won’t charge you for transferring your cash ISA, or stock from your Share Dealing ISA to another provider. Please note we do charge the outstanding administration fee when transferring a Share Dealing ISA. In addition you need to be aware your current provider may charge you for transferring to one of our ISAs. You can often transfer your ISA between different providers – you will need to ask your new ISA provider to arrange the transfer for you. Find our ISA Transfers page here.

  • No. You can open a cash ISAs from as little as £1. You may need a higher amount to open a stocks and shares ISA depending on the account you open.

  • The tax year runs from April 6 in one year to April 5 in the following year.

  • A variable rate ISA offers you a rate of interest which can go up and down. With a fixed rate ISA you know in advance what your interest rate will be over your selected fixed term.

  • It’s up to you. Variable rate cash ISAs offer savers instant access to their money. Fixed rate ISAs normally offer savers a higher rate of interest if you can lock your savings away for 2 years or more (withdrawal charges will apply). Stocks and shares ISAs allow you to have access to your money at any time but they may be more appropriate if you are looking to invest for a period of 5 to 10 years.

Useful guides

We have a range of savings guidance to help you.

Useful guides

See our range of ISAs

We have a range of ISAs to suit your needs.

See our range of ISAs

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