Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a Junior ISA for?

If you want to build an investment pot for your child that neither you or they can touch until your child turns 18, then a Junior ISA could be the answer. Any money paid into a Junior ISA belongs to the child and cannot be withdrawn by anyone other than the child when they turn 18.

Junior ISAs are available to children who:

  • Are under the age of 18
  • Are residents of the UK, or are dependants of a crown employee (e.g. army employee based overseas)
  • And don’t already have a Child Trust Fund (CTF).

You can transfer your Child Trust Fund over to a connectpx Junior ISA, but your child cannot have a CTF and a Junior ISA at the same time. When transferring a CTF to a Junior ISA, the full balance must be transferred.

How does a Junior ISA work?

Junior ISAs allow your child to keep more of their money by protecting any positive returns they receive from income tax and capital gains tax.

Only a child’s parent or legal guardian can open a Junior ISA account on their behalf.

Your child can have one Junior Cash ISA and/or a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA at any time, into which you can currently contribute a maximum of £4,368 per tax year, per eligible child. You can split the amount however you choose between a Junior Cash ISA and a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA as long as the combined amount doesn’t exceed the annual limit.

You don’t need to use the same provider for your child’s Junior Cash ISA and Junior Stocks and Shares ISA, so you’ve got flexibility to choose the best option for you and your child.

At the start of each new tax year, on 6 April, the child’s annual Junior ISA allowance re-sets and you can start another year of tax-efficient saving for each child.

Your child will only be able to access the money within their Junior ISA when they turn 18.

When they turn 18, the Junior ISA is automatically changed into an adult ISA. At this point, they can choose to keep saving or investing, or they can withdraw some or all of the balance to help pay for things like university, or a new car.

What is a Junior ISA?

A Junior ISA is a tax-efficient way to save and invest on behalf of your child.

Payments into a Junior ISA are different from adult ISAs, because the money you put in belongs to your child. Once you put money in, you can’t take it out again, except in exceptional circumstances, and your child can only get access to their money when they turn 18.

There are two types of Junior ISA:

  • Junior Cash ISAs: earn interest like a savings account. The interest rate is fixed and typically based on the rate set by the Bank of England.
  • Junior Stocks & Shares ISAs: (Also known as Junior Investment ISAs), these invest in financial markets with the aim of earning returns for investors that are greater than those you would get in a Junior Cash ISA. Returns are not guaranteed, and the value of your investments can go down as well as up.

Your child can have one or both types of Junior ISA and you can deposit up to the annual limit of £4,368 into them in any combination you like.

For example, you could pay £2,000 into a Junior Cash ISA and up to £2,368 into a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA, or vice versa. You can split the allowance however you want to between the two accounts.

The benefit of a Junior ISA is that you or your child won’t pay tax on any interest, returns or dividends they receive.

connectpx only offers a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA. Any money paid into a Junior ISA will belong to the child, but they cannot access it until their 18th birthday.