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You can view a wide range of UK Cash ISAs all in one place
View fixed rate and variable rate ISAs, comparing interest rate and other terms and conditions, such as minimum deposit
Once you’ve compared Isa accounts and decided which one is most suitable you can click through to the provider to make your application
A cash ISA is a savings account that lets you earn interest without paying tax. You can save up to £20,000 per person each tax year (which runs from April to April) in a cash ISA tax-free. But you can only save into one cash ISA account per year.
If you want to start saving in a new cash ISA account, here’s how it works...
Use our handy comparison tables to see a wide range of cash ISA accounts from leading UK providers. You can compare rates and ease of access to your money.
After you choose the cash Isa account that best suits your needs and your savings goals, simply click through to the provider to start your application.
Open your ISA and make a deposit. For fixed rate accounts you’ll typically make a lump sum deposit. Earn tax-free interest on up to £20,000 each year.
There is a wide range of different types of cash ISA available. See which might suit you best:
An instant or easy-access account means you can withdraw your funds at any time if you need them – great for short-term borrowing, such as for a wedding, car or a holiday. Interest rates will be variable
With regular savings accounts you can save up to a maximum amount each month, such as £250, but you’ll typically earn a higher interest rate. This type of cash ISA could suits those who want to get into a savings habit.
Children can save into their own Junior ISA – or JISA – up to the age of 18. The annual maximum savings limit is £9,000. The money is locked away until the child reaches the age of 18.
If you can put your savings away for a longer time frame a fixed rate cash ISA could reward you with higher interest. Make sure you’re comfortable giving up access to your funds for a year or more.
Savings in a tax-free cash ISA has advantages and disadvantages, here are some of the main things to consider:
Save tax-free – you don’t need to worry about any tax liability on your savings interest
Competitive interest rates – some cash ISAs pay more than standard savings accounts
Choose fixed or variable rates – some accounts pay a bonus rate
Limit on deposits – tax-free savings capped at £20,000 each tax year
Rules on new accounts – cash ISA funds have to be transferred to new Isas to preserve their tax-free status. Exit fees can apply
Interest rates may fall – high rates often fall after a year
Easy access ISAs are good bet if you might need to withdraw your money, while fixed-rate accounts get you better returns but lock up your cash. Other factors to consider are…
The longer the term, the better your returns. But are you prepared to lock away your money for up to five years?
You can check ISA providers’ customer service score on TrustPilot and Feefo. It’s a good idea to ensure the customer helplines’ opening hours suit you, too.
Some of the ISAs with the best returns are only available to providers' existing customers. You may also want to check you can manage the account online or via an app.
Some providers will give you a cash bonus when you open an account. However, to qualify there may be a minimum deposit requirement.
Cash ISAs can be a great way to save a nest egg but they have certain rules attached to how they work. These include:
You can only open one cash ISA each tax year. Although it's possible to transfer ISA savings to another cash or stocks and shares ISA – if the ISA provider allows it
You can divide your annual £20,000 ISA allowance between different types of ISA – cash, equity or Lifetime ISA. But you can only have one of each in any tax year
If you want to move your cash ISA funds to take advantage of a better cash ISA rate elsewhere, you’ll need to apply for an ISA transfer. Your ISA provider should take care of this
Cash ISAs offer a safe home for your savings along with tax-free returns. This makes them a sound choice for anyone who doesn’t want to take the risk of investment. You also have a choice of cash ISAs depending on how long you’re prepared to tie up your money. Often the longer it can be locked away, the greater the return offered."
Just click the button below to see a list of all our stocks-and-shares ISA accounts
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When you find the stocks-and-shares ISA you want, click straight to the provider to apply
We’re aware that some fraudsters are trying to use the MoneySuperMarket brand to trick consumers into handing over money or financial details, by offering fake Isa products with eye-catching rates.
The best way to stop these scams is to report them.
How do I report an ISA scam?
If you think you’ve been contacted by a fraudster, please stop all communication with them and report it to Action Fraud.
If it’s someone impersonating MoneySuperMarket, please contact our customer services team.
Check out our tips on how to keep you and your family safe from scams.
Any UK resident over the age of 16 can hold a full cash ISA – and save up to £20,000 in their name. Junior ISAs are available to anyone under 18 – and they have a smaller annual savings limit of £9,000.
You can open most new cash ISA accounts online, over the phone or in a bank or building society branch. You’ll need to supply proof of identity and address.
Yes you can apply to transfer your cash ISA funds into a new ISA account. But be aware not all cash ISAs accept transfers – so check the terms and conditions to see who will accept your cash ISA funds. Never close down the cash ISA account and withdraw the money or you will lose the tax-free status of the money. To preserve the cash ISA status you must do a transfer - which your provider can help to arrange.
This will depend on the terms and conditions of your cash ISA account. For most instant and easy access cash ISAs there won’t usually be any limits or restrictions on withdrawals from your account. If you have a fixed rate cash ISA there will usually be penalties – such as a loss of interest – if you withdraw the funds within the fixed rate term. Always ask your provider about withdrawals if you’re unsure.
Cash Isa funds deposited with UK providers who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). This scheme protects your money up to a maximum limit of £85,000 per person (£170,000 for a joint account, per authorised firm.
Be aware some finance brands are part of the same authorised banking group. If you have more than the £85,000 limit in cash savings it is worth spreading your money across different banking groups to get maximum protection.
Opening a cash ISA should take a matter of minutes. But this will depend on the particular procedure followed by the provider with whom you’re opening the account.
If you accidentally pay too much into a cash ISA during the tax year, you won’t be eligible for any tax-relief on the excess amount. But it’s not anything to worry about. In the event that you do overpay, you can get in touch with HMRC by calling its helpline on 0300 200 3300 from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
Alternatively, HMRC will contact you at the end of the tax year and notify you of any tax you’re required to pay.
That depends on the particular cash ISA you chose. But typically the interest is calculated daily and will be paid monthly, or at the end of the term.
No. This is because the tax benefits of cash ISAs are intended for individuals and consequently can only he held in one name.
However, you could still benefit from tax-free savings by transferring your money into your partner’s account to take advantage of their annual allowance.
That largely depends on your circumstances. But if you’re retired and think there’s a chance you could need to get access to your money, you may want to consider an easy access cash ISA or a notice cash ISA.
The former will allow you to access your money whenever you like, with no penalty, but generally pay a lower rate.
A notice cash ISA requires you to give notice (usually up to 180 days) when you take money out, but as long as you do so you won’t be penalised for withdrawing your cash.
You can compare savings accounts using a number of factors. These include the interest rates they offer as well as how long the rate will last, the amount you might need to deposit in order to open the account, and how you can access the account. Once you’ve decided which account you want, simply click through and you’ll be taken to the provider’s website.
Not sure what type of account to go for? Our Savings Decision Tree can help you decide.
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