Junior Cash ISA
Start saving for your children - tax free
A Junior Cash ISA is a simple, affordable way to save for your child’s future if they don’t have a Child Trust Fund. The money in the ISA belongs to the child, who can withdraw it when they reach 18.
How our Junior Cash ISA works
Who can open an account?
Who can open an account?
Anyone with parental responsibility for a child can open a Junior ISA. So if you're a parent or guardian of an eligible child, you can open a Junior Cash ISA for them.
Other people can save into your child's account as well - grandparents, relatives and friends - so long as the total savings in the Junior ISAs don't exceed the limit of £4,000 in this tax year.
A young person aged 16 or over can open an account themselves but they need to call us to apply. They can’t do it online.
If you’ve already subscribed to a Junior Cash ISA, you can only open a Junior Cash ISA with us if you transfer all your subscriptions from the existing provider, to us. Your ISA provider may charge a fee to transfer funds.
Children with a Child Trust Fund are not eligible for a Junior Cash ISA.
Flexible tax-free savings
You can save up to £4,000 tax free in the 2014/15 tax year - this is the combined total for a Junior Cash ISA and a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA.
And, with online and mobile banking, it's easy to set up regular monthly payments or save flexibly by making one-off payments when you can. It all adds up.
To understand more about different types of ISA and your tax-free savings allowance, take a look at the important information. Types of ISA
Transferring an existing Junior ISA to Tesco Bank
How it works and what you can transfer
A child can only have one Junior Cash ISA at any time, but it's possible to transfer all of the money in an existing Junior Cash ISA to another Junior Cash ISA providing the existing account is then closed.
If you want to move your money from a Junior Cash ISA with another provider to a us, you can do this by using the ISA transfer process. Rest assured, we make the process quick and easy.
You can transfer:
- all, but not part, of the funds saved in an existing Junior Cash ISA to a new Junior Cash ISA
- all or part of the funds in a Junior Cash ISA saved in a previous tax year to a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA
- all of the money held in a Junior Cash ISA to a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA, then a new Junior Cash ISA can be opened
Other providers may have restrictions or charge a fee on transfers, so you should always check this with them before transferring money to or from another provider.
How to transfer to Tesco Bank
There are two ways to transfer a Junior Cash ISA to Tesco Bank:
Call us on 0845 678 5678, or download and complete a Junior ISA Transfer Authority Form and send it to us at the address shown on the form.
- Junior ISA Transfer Authority Form PDF, 43kb
New customers should also complete an application either online or by telephone, so we can begin the transfer process during the application. That will help us set up your ISA as quickly as possible.
Access to your money
Who can access the money and when
The money in a Junior Cash ISA belongs to the child who can only withdraw it when he or she reaches age 18 - a great start to adult life.
No money can be withdrawn from the account until the child reaches age 18, but it can be transferred to another Junior ISA before the child reaches age 18.
So if you want to close your Tesco Bank Junior Cash ISA and transfer the balance to another provider, you just have to contact your new provider. They'll arrange everything with us using the ISA Transfer process.
Our interest rates
The current annual interest rate is 3.00% Gross/AER (variable). Rate correct as at 6 November 2012.
Please note that rates aren't fixed and may be subject to change.
Interest rate definitions
Gross is the interest rate paid before tax is deducted.
Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) illustrates what the interest rate would be if it was paid and compounded each year.
How interest is calculated
Interest is calculated daily and is added to your Junior Cash ISA account on the anniversary of the account opening. The interest paid is tax free.
The current rules for ISAs are subject to change by HM Revenue & Customs and the value of tax benefits depends on individual circumstances.
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Your eligible deposits with Tesco Bank are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the UK's deposit protection scheme. Any deposits you hold above the £85,000 limit are not covered.
Have a question or need help applying? Our friendly, UK-based customer service team is here to help.
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Help for existing customers
Customer services 0845 678 5678
Customer services textphone 0845 671 0672
Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.
Need help with online banking?
Having trouble registering or managing your account online? Don't worry, we're here to help.
Current interest rates
Check our current interest rates to see what your savings account is currently earning.
Other ways to save
- Instant Access Cash ISA
- Instant Access Savings
Summary of key information
Key information for our Junior Cash ISA
Tesco Bank Junior Cash ISA
|Interest rates (AERs)|
The rates of interest for this account are variable. Please note - interest is paid into the account on anniversary of the account opening.
There is no tax payable on the interest earned on this account.
|Conditions for bonus payment|
No withdrawals are allowed until the child reaches age 18.
|Daily withdrawal limits|
You can manage the account by signing up to online banking or telephone banking.
Types of ISA and allowances
There are two types of Junior ISA: a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA and a Junior Cash ISA.
A child can have one Junior Stocks and Shares ISA and one Junior Cash ISA each tax year. The tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April the following year.
On 1 July 2014 the total Junior ISA limit increased to £4,000. This is the maximum amount you can pay into a Junior ISA each tax year.
This can be paid into a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA, a Junior Cash ISA or a combination of both.
No money can be withdrawn from a Junior Cash ISA until the child reaches age 18, but it can be transferred to another Junior ISA before the child reaches age 18.
Tesco Bank only offers a Junior Cash ISA.
If you decide to cancel your Junior Cash ISA, this won't affect the child's ISA allowance for the current tax year and you can still open another Junior Cash ISA in that tax year. You have 30 days from receiving your welcome letter to cancel your Junior Cash ISA. If you do cancel, we'll refund the money you've paid in.