An ISA for first time buyers.

Who this ISA is for

The benefits

How it works

Claiming your bonus

You can open this account if:

  • You're a first time buyer, buying a house up to the value of £250,000 outside London or £450,000 inside London.
  • You're 16 or over, a UK resident for tax purposes and have a national insurance number.
  • You haven't already saved in a cash ISA this tax year, unless you're going to complete an ISA transfer. This includes cash ISAs with other banks.
  • 2.25% tax free/AER variable interest.
  • Receive a 25% bonus from the Government towards your first home, up to £3,000.
  • If you're buying a home with someone else, you can both open Help to Buy: ISAs and both get bonuses.
  • Open and manage the account online, by phone or in branch.
  • In the first 21 days you can deposit up to £1,000. You can also save up to £200 per month by standing order, to be received by the 25th of the month. This can include the month you open the ISA.
  • You can withdraw your money when you like but you can't claim any bonus on what you withdraw.
  • Your bonus will be 25% of your closing balance, if it is £1,600 or more.
  • You need to close your account in branch or by post.
  • You cannot use your bonus for your deposit or any costs incurred before completion.

You can open this account if:

  • You're a first time buyer, buying a house up to the value of £250,000 outside London or £450,000 inside London.
  • You're 16 or over, a UK resident for tax purposes and have a national insurance number.
  • You haven't already saved in a cash ISA this tax year, unless you're going to complete an ISA transfer. This includes cash ISAs with other banks.

The benefits

  • 2.25% tax free/AER variable interest.
  • Receive a 25% bonus from the Government towards your first home, up to £3,000.
  • If you're buying a home with someone else, you can both open Help to Buy: ISAs and both get bonuses.

How it works

  • Open and manage the account online, by phone or in branch.
  • In the first 21 days you can deposit up to £1,000. You can also save up to £200 per month by standing order, to be received by the 25th of the month. This can include the month you open the ISA.
  • You can withdraw your money when you like but you can't claim any bonus on what you withdraw.

Claiming your bonus

  • Your bonus will be 25% of your closing balance, if it is £1,600 or more.
  • You need to close your account in branch or by post.
  • You cannot use your bonus for your deposit or any costs incurred before completion.

Summary box for Help to Buy: ISA

1. What is the interest rate?

Your balance Annual interest
Tax free
AER
£1+ 2.25% 2.25%

The interest rate is variable. It will be paid to you after each year, on the date that you opened the account.


2. Can Halifax change the interest rate?

Yes.
As this account pays a variable rate of interest it can change over time. We’ll always let you know of any planned changes to the rate. Our account conditions (PDF) explain when and how we do this. For example we might review the interest rate if the Bank of England base rate changes.


3. What might the future balance be?

Below is an example of what the future balance might be, after interest has been paid:

Initial deposit Regular deposit Tax free rate Balance after 12 months
£1000.00 £200.00 2.25% £3449.50

This assumes that:

  • You don’t withdraw any money and interest is paid into this account.
  • The interest rate stays the same.
  • You make regular deposits in the middle of each month.

Also, if your balance is £1,600 or more when you close the account, you'll get a 25% bonus on your final balance. This is paid by the UK Government if you buy a house up to the value of £250,000 outside London or £450,000 inside London. The minimum bonus of £400 is payable on closing balances of £1,600. The maximum bonus of £3,000 is paid on closing balances of £12,000 or more.


4. How do I open and manage my account?

This account can be opened and managed:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • In branch

Opening this account

You can open this account if:

  • You're saving to buy your first home.
  • You're 16 or over, a UK resident for tax purposes and have a national insurance number.
  • You haven't already saved in a cash ISA this tax year, unless you're going to complete an ISA transfer. The Help to Buy: ISA is a cash ISA and you can only add new contributions into one cash ISA in a tax year. Read our guide to ISAs for more information.

You can only open this account in your sole name.

You can open this account with between £1 and £1,000. This must be received within 21 days of account opening and can be transferred from an existing ISA.

Managing this account

There are limits on how much you can save in a Help to Buy: ISA:

  • The Help to Buy: ISA is a cash ISA and you can only save into one cash ISA in a tax year. This includes cash ISAs with other banks. Read our guide to ISAs for more information.
  • ISAs have an annual limit of £20,000 this tax year. This means you can’t pay more than this limit into any combination of permitted ISAs within the same tax year.
  • The Help to Buy: ISA allowance is lower than the overall £20,000 ISA allowance as you can only pay in up to £200 in any calendar month. This must be paid by standing order and received by the 25th of the month (this can include the month you open your ISA). In the first 21 days you can deposit an extra £1,000. If you want to reach the full ISA limit in a tax year, you’ll have to invest any other new contributions into other permitted types of ISA.

5. Can I withdraw money?

Yes.
You can make unlimited withdrawals, but you won’t be able to claim the Government bonus on the funds you withdraw.

You can close your account at any time by visiting your local branch or writing to us at Halifax, Charlton Road, Andover, SP10 1RE. If you choose to close the account and move the money to a non-ISA account, your savings will lose their tax-free status. The tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may change in the future.


6. Additional information

How to start the claim for your bonus

To start the claim for your bonus, you need to:

  • Close your account in one transaction in branch or by post when you're ready to purchase your first UK property. The property should be up to the value of £250,000 outside London and £450,000 inside London. Remember you can't use the bonus to cover any costs you incur before completion or to use as the deposit due at exchange of contracts.
  • Pass your Help to Buy: ISA closing documents onto your conveyancer. They will claim the bonus for you. They must be approved as an eligible conveyancer under the Help to Buy: ISA scheme.

Savings terms explained

Tax free means you will not pay income tax on your interest.

AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate. Whenever you see an advert for a savings account which shows an interest rate, you will see the AER. This means you can use the AER to compare accounts. It shows what the interest rate would be if your interest was paid and compounded once each year.

For more definitions, view our savings glossary.

Help to Buy: ISA administrator

The Help to Buy: ISA scheme administrator is National Savings and Investments (NS&I). NS&I works with HM Treasury. The administrator was UKAR (UK Asset Resolution Limited) until 31st March 2019.


Your new Help to Buy: ISA is minutes away

You should read the summary box and the account conditions (PDF) before you apply.

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Transfer an ISA

Do you have another ISA? Protect your ISA allowance by asking us to move your funds for you.

Transfer the full balance from another Help to Buy: ISA or up to £1,000 from any other ISA.

Learn more about transfers


Have a question?

Still unsure about something? We’ve collected some of the most frequently asked ISA questions and put them in one handy place.

Read our common enquiries


Your money is protected

Eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

More about the FSCS

About our rates

Our interest rates can change. They were last updated 0.00am on 04/09/2018.

For a definition of AER, gross and other terms, view our savings glossary.