Internet Saver Account
Pay in when you can and access your money instantly
Want a flexible way to save with quick access to your bank? See what our Internet Saver Account has to offer.
- Earn 4.75% Gross/AER (variable) interest for the first 12 months on balances up to £1m. After 12 months, your interest rate will revert to our standard variable rate, currently 1.25% Gross/AER Rate definitions
- Make deposits anytime with our Mobile App
- Open your account with just £1
- Instant access to your funds. Daily withdrawal limits apply
- Earn interest on your savings tax free, up to a certain amount Learn more about Personal Savings Allowance
How this online savings account works
Manage your savings online
This internet savings account is managed entirely online, so there's no sitting in call queues or waiting for the bank to open to deposit or withdraw your cash. And you can use our handy mobile banking app to manage your money on the go.
But don't worry, you're not on your own! If you need help setting up or managing your account, or experience any problems with online banking, we're always available on the phone to help you out.
Start your online savings account with just £1
Once your account is active, the easiest way to save is with our Pay by Bank feature. You’ll find it in our Mobile App, it lets you pay directly from your bank account into your savings account.
You can also move funds from any other Tesco Bank accounts using our Mobile App or Online Banking. Alternatively, you can make regular or one-off payments from other account providers. All you’ll need is your Internet Saver sort code and account number.
Instant access to your funds
You can make withdrawals and transfer money from your online savings account at any time - useful for unexpected expenses or last-minute getaways.
For security, there's a maximum daily withdrawal limit of £10,000 to non-Tesco Bank accounts in the UK, and £100,000 to other Tesco Bank accounts in your own name.
Don't worry if you need to withdraw more, just give us a call and we'll be happy to help. After all, it's your money.
Daily withdrawal limits may change from time to time, but we'll let you know if this happens.
How interest is calculated and paid
Interest is calculated daily. Standard rate interest is paid to you annually in March and bonus interest is paid to you at the end of the bonus period (on the 12 month anniversary of the account opening). On account closure, outstanding interest earned will be applied to your account.
*Tesco Bank will no longer deduct tax on the interest you earn. This follows the Government’s introduction of the Personal Savings Allowance on 6 April 2016.
Personal Savings Allowance
You can now earn interest on your savings tax free, up to a certain allowance.
A basic rate tax-payer can earn £1,000 tax free and a higher rate tax payer can earn £500 tax free.
The current tax rules 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 currently protected up to the current Financial Services Compensation Scheme limit, the UK's deposit protection scheme. Any deposits you hold above the current limit are not covered.
Gross interest rate is the interest rate before tax is deducted.
Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) illustrates what the interest rate would be if paid and compounded each year.
The interest rate is made up of our standard variable rate (currently 1.25% Gross/AER) and a fixed bonus rate of 3.50% Gross/AER for the first 12 months only, from the date the account is opened. The bonus rate is available on balances up to £1 million; balances above £1m will receive the standard variable rate, currently 1.25% Gross/AER.
After the bonus period of 12 months, the interest rate will revert to the standard variable rate that’s available at the time, currently 1.25% Gross/AER. We will always let you know before the bonus rate ends.
Summary Box for our Internet Saver
What is the interest rate?
Interest rate without bonus: 1.25% Gross/AER* (variable)
How you receive interest:
Interest will be earned at a daily rate and applied to your account annually and at account closure
The Bonus Interest Rate applies on balances up to £1 million, which we pay to you at the end of the bonus period (on the anniversary of the account opening)
We pay the Standard Interest Rate annually to you in March
*Gross interest is the interest rate paid before tax is deducted.
The Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) illustrates what the interest rate would be if paid and compounded each year.
Can Tesco Bank change the interest rate?
Yes – the Standard Interest Rate is a variable interest rate so we may change it at any time. If we decide to reduce the Standard Interest Rate, we will always contact you in advance, with at least two months’ notice, by letter or email (depending on your paperless preferences)
The reasons which may lead us to reduce the Standard Interest Rate can be found in the “Interest” section of the Terms and Conditions of the Account and include, for example, changes in market conditions which may affect interest rates
If we increase the Standard Interest Rate, the new rate can be viewed in Online Banking and we may also contact you to let you know
Bonus Interest Rates are always fixed and won’t vary during the Bonus Period. We will write to you at least two months in advance to let you know when your current Bonus Period is coming to an end
What would the estimated balance be after 12 months based on a £1,000 deposit?
The estimated balance would be £1,047.50 after 12 months (including your bonus interest) and £1,060.59 after 24 months.
Estimated balances are for illustrative purposes only and assume no further deposits, withdrawals or changes to the Standard Interest Rate. Your actual balance may differ depending on the Standard Interest Rates in effect and when your account was opened (Standard Interest is paid in March and Bonus Interest at the end of the bonus period).
How do I open and manage this account?
You can apply online, and to be eligible you must:
Be a UK resident
Be over 18 years of age
Provide details of a Linked Account in your own name
You can deposit a minimum of £1, you don't need to make a minimum deposit on a regular basis and there is no maximum balance limit.
You can manage your account via Online Banking or on the Mobile App.
If you experience any issues, you can call us on 0345 678 5678**
Can I withdraw money?
Yes, you can withdraw money from your Internet Saver account to a linked account in your own name without notice
You can make withdrawals online or over the phone if the amount you wish to transfer is above our online daily limit noted below:
Daily limits (maximum you can withdraw each day subject to your available balance)
Internal Transfers to other Tesco Bank accounts in your own name using the Mobile App and Online Banking – £100,000 per transaction, with no limit on the number of transactions per day
Internal Transfers to other Tesco Bank accounts using a Third Party Provider (TPP) - £10,000
Transfers to other non-Tesco Bank accounts in your own name in the UK using the Mobile App, Online Banking and a TPP – £10,000 limit for each payment method
For transfers above these limits please contact us. For timescales on the above please refer to the “Payments out of your Account” section of your Terms and Conditions.
Since the Government introduced the Personal Savings Allowance on 6 April 2016, we will no longer deduct tax and interest will be paid gross. If you exceed your Personal Savings Allowance you may still need to pay tax on the interest you earn.
We want you to be happy with your savings account. To help you decide whether the Tesco Bank Internet Saver is right for you, please read the terms and conditions.
Apply for our Internet Saver account today
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