Savings

Martin Lewis urges people to close savings account he previously recommended

Martin Lewis is urging people to close a type of savings account he previously recommended opening.

The founder of Money Saving Expert says having an ISA savings account is pretty much pointless in his updated advice. A cash ISA is a type of savings account that allows you to earn interest on your savings without paying tax on them.

Those who accompany them can save up to £20,000 per person per tax year. However, you can only open one cash ISA account per year. Although he previously recommended people open an ISA account, he now said people should close their accounts.

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Writing on his MoneySavingExpert website, he explains that even with the current best easy access of 1.5% from the Chase app bank alone, you would need close to £70,000 to earn £1,000 in interest, MEN Reports.

This is due to everything that changed with the launch of the Personal Savings Allowance in 2016. A PSA means 20% base rate taxpayers can earn up to £1,000 in interest a year on all the savings without paying tax on it; after that, their interest is taxed at 20%.

As Martin explains, taxpayers at the 40% higher rate can earn up to £500 a year; after that, their interest is taxed at 40%. The top 45% of taxpayers do not receive PSAs – all of their interest is taxed at 45%. To qualify for the cash ISA, you must earn above this threshold to feel the benefits. Those with savings or income large enough to exceed the limit can further protect the interest from tax.

“Be brave, ditch the ISA money and earn more.” Offering even more advice, Martin also shared advice on different types of ISAs like the lifetime one.