Transferring into a LISA

Hi there,

I'm looking at opening a LISA as it'll be a couple of years before I can purchase a property so it works better for me.

I'm looking at a Cash LISA and I'm confused about transferring in. It says they aren't accepting transfers in at the moment meaning I can't transfer my Help to Buy ISA savings into it as an opening deposit. However, you can make a deposit from a current account.

What I want to know is if I can withdraw the entirety of my Help to Buy ISA to my current account and then transfer it to my LISA from said current account?

Many thanks for any advice!


  • eskbankereskbanker Forumite
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    Yes, you can withdraw your HTB ISA balance and pay in as new cash, as long as it's less than £4,000 (the annual LISA allowance, regardless of transferring or subscribing) and that this wouldn't take your total ISA subscriptions for 2018/19 over £20,000.
  • Melvina92Melvina92 Forumite
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    Excellent thank you, I just wanted to check as it seemed like such an obvious work around that I thought I was missing something! My HTB ISA is much lower than £4000 sadly so I’m good to go!
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