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Transfer your existing Help to Buy: ISA to us. You can carry on saving towards your first home and could earn a bonus from the Government.
You will earn 2.90% AER/tax free variable interest on any savings from £1 to £12,000. Then 1.45% AER/tax free on any excess above £12,000.
Interest is paid after each year.
Yes. As this account pays a variable rate of interest it can change over time. We’ll always let you know of any planned changes to the rate. Our terms and conditions (PDF, 249KB) explain when and how we do this. For example we might review the interest rate if the Bank of England base rate changes.
For example, if your balance is £1,000.00 when you transfer the account to us, after 12 months you will have a balance of £2246.40 after interest is paid.
Or, if your balance is £13,000.00 when you transfer the account to us, after 12 months you will have a balance of £14571.20 after interest is paid.
If you have more than £12,000 in your account, you’ll get two different interest rates on your balance. The higher rate applies to everything up to £12,000 and the lower rate to any excess above £12,000.
Also, if your balance is £1,600 or more when you close the account, you'll get a 25% bonus on your final balance. This is paid by the UK Government if you buy a house up to the value of £250,000 outside London or £450,000 inside London. The minimum bonus of £400 is payable on closing balances of £1,600. The maximum bonus of £3,000 is paid on closing balances of £12,000 or more.
New applications for this ISA are no longer accepted. If you already have a Help to Buy: ISA with another provider, you can transfer it to us over the phone. All the money will be moved over to your new account.
Apart from the Help to Buy: ISA you are transferring from, you must not have saved into another cash ISA this tax year. Read our guide to ISAs for more information.
Yes. You can make unlimited withdrawals, but you won't be able to claim the Government bonus on the funds you withdraw.
You can close your account at any time by visiting your local branch. If you choose to close the account and move the money to a non-ISA account, your savings will lose their tax-free status. The tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may change in the future.
To start the claim for your bonus, you need to:
Tax free means you will not pay income tax on your interest.
AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate. Whenever you see an advert for a savings account which shows an interest rate, you will see the AER. This means you can use the AER to compare accounts. It shows what the interest rate would be if your interest was paid and compounded once each year.
For more definitions, view our savings glossary.
The Help to Buy: ISA scheme administrator is National Savings and Investments (NS&I). NS&I works with HM Treasury. The administrator was UKAR (UK Asset Resolution Limited) until 31st March 2019.