Lifetime ISA - confused if I take out 'growth' without touching capital?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in ISAs & Tax-free Savings
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LysimacheLysimache Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in ISAs & Tax-free Savings
Hi!

Lifetime Stock and Shares ISA in a homeowner i.e. can only take out at 60.

Suppose I don't want to touch my capital nor the Government bonus. I just want to take out the growth in shares or any dividend income.

E.g. I've put in £10,000 over the years.
Govt has put in £2,500 over the years.


My shares have since produced £5000 growth and £1000 dividend.


Total in ISA is £6000 + £12,500

If I don't touch the £12,500, can I take out £6,000 without penalty? Or is there a penalty even if I just want to take out the dividend or capital growth?

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  • eskbankereskbanker Forumite
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    As a homeowner, there's a penalty for any withdrawal from a Lifetime ISA before 60, as per https://www.gov.uk/guidance/lifetime-isas-for-isa-managers#with-dr:
    Non-Life events

    In the 2018 to 2019 tax year and all subsequent tax years, withdrawals which do not result from a life event will be subject to a 25% withdrawal charge. This includes withdrawals of growth, interest or government bonus from the Lifetime ISA.

    Life events are limited to:
    • after the investor has reached 60
    • on the death or terminal illness of the investor, and
    • from 6 April 2018, withdrawals for a first time residential purchase subject to the conditions being met
  • LysimacheLysimache Forumite
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    I also wonder if I can ask for any dividend income to be paid outside the ISA as soon as it is generated outside the Lifetime ISA. That would allow me to get some income before 60 without touching the capital or Govt bonus.
  • LysimacheLysimache Forumite
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    eskbanker wrote: »
    As a homeowner, there's a penalty for any withdrawal from a Lifetime ISA before 60, as per https://www.gov.uk/guidance/lifetime-isas-for-isa-managers#with-dr:
    Aha, so it includes growth/interest withdrawals. Thanks.


    Guess that means a provider can't apportion the Dividend outside the ISA either without a penalty?
  • AlexlandAlexland Forumite
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    No the dividends stay inside the LISA or it would count as a withdrawal. Nice try.
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    Lysimache wrote: »
    That would allow me to get some income before 60 without touching the capital or Govt bonus.
    If you think you might not be able to afford to leave all of that money committed then you can scale back your contributions a bit (up to 50 when they stop).

    Or from your OP figures, you could look at the £1500 penalty for withdrawing £6K as leaving you with 'only' £7K on top of your original £10K!
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