There are two types of withdrawals when it comes to Lifetime ISAs: eligible withdrawals & ineligible withdrawals. Here’s the difference between them…
Reasons for withdrawing
If you’re buying your first home using a conveyancer/solicitor, and the home costs under £450,000 in the UK, is to live in, is being bought with a mortgage, and you’ve had your Lifetime ISA open for 12 months or more.
You’re aged 60 or over.
You are terminally ill.
Any other reason not shown on the left.
This can include if the home you want to buy is over £450k, for example.
Government withdrawal penalty
Does not apply
You’d have to pay the government penalty of 25% – which means you’ll get out less than you put in.
Funds released within 30 days of Tembo receiving the request.
45 days for Cash Lifetime ISAs, 10 days for Stocks & Shares Lifetime ISAs.
How to withdraw
Via a solicitor or conveyancer. Start the process by contacting email@example.com
Through in-app withdrawal process on the Account tab.
For eligible house purchases, your conveyancer/solicitor needs to confirm your Lifetime ISA withdrawal request with us, so don’t try to withdraw via the app. Instead, as soon as you know you need the funds, get in touch with Customer Support, and we’ll get the ball rolling – once we’ve got all the info from your conveyancer/solicitor and everything is confirmed, your funds will be released within 30 days. Read more about this process here.
Ineligible withdrawals (partial or full) are the type that the government applies a 25% penalty to, and must be requested from within the Nude app. As a reminder, this includes:
- If the home you’re buying doesn’t meet all of the following criteria: it’s your first home, is being bought via the services of a conveyancer/solicitor, it costs under £450,000 in the UK, is to live in, is being bought with a mortgage, and you’ve had your Lifetime ISA open for 12 months or more.
- If you haven’t had your Lifetime ISA open for at least 12 months.
- If you need the money for any other reason, and you’re under 60 years old.
- If you are not terminally ill.
The government applies a 25% total withdrawal penalty to any amount being withdrawn for any of the reasons above. The 25% penalty means you’d get back less than what you put in: you’d have to give back the bonus, plus you’d pay a penalty of 6.25%, which is made up of your own money. Think of it like losing the bonus, plus having to pay £6.25 to the government for every £100 you’re withdrawing.
Here are a couple of examples to show you how the government penalty is applied.
Example: Ineligible full withdrawal
In this example, you want to take out £5,000 from your Lifetime ISA to put towards buying a house that costs £480,000. Unfortunately, this isn’t an eligible reason because to use your Lifetime ISA penalty-free, the house purchase price has to be £450,000 or less (check out the full list of criteria above).
You’ve added this much to your Lifetime ISA: £4,000
The government bonus earned: £1,000
Total balance (your money + bonus): £5,000
You request to withdraw: £5,000
25% government penalty applied, which means you lose the bonus plus some of your own money: -£1,250
Total you’d be able to withdraw: £3,750
✍️ Other stuff to note
Ineligible withdrawals from our Cash LISA have a 45-day notice period: you’ll receive your funds at the end of this period.
Ineligible withdrawals from our Stocks & Shares LISA are usually completed within 10 working days.
Once a withdrawal request has been submitted in-app, we're not able to cancel or stop it, so please make sure you're 100% certain before clicking the final button to submit your request.
How withdrawing affects your allowances
With a Lifetime ISA, you can’t withdraw funds and replace them within the same tax year without being limited by the Lifetime ISA’s annual allowance of £4,000.
- If you add in £4,000 and then you withdraw that £4,000 in the same tax year, you won’t be able to add any more money to your Lifetime ISA until the allowance refreshes at the start of the following tax year.
- If you were to add in £1,000 and withdraw it in the same year, you’d only be able to deposit a further £3,000 that year (what would be left of your £4,000 annual allowance).
- It’s also worth noting that you can’t open a new Lifetime ISA with another provider, or with us, until after the new tax year has begun on 6th April.
Read more about government charges and eligibility here.