You should take the time to read the risks, as there are specific things to consider before opening a Lifetime ISA:
- If you withdraw any savings held in a Lifetime ISA (LISA), you'll pay the 25% government withdrawal charge – unless you're 60 or older, using the money to buy your first home, or are terminally ill. This may mean you get back less from your LISA than you paid in.
- You may miss out on the benefit of employer contributions if you choose to save into a LISA instead of enrolling in a pension scheme. Your current and future entitlement to means-tested benefits could be affected, too.
You can transfer a Help to Buy ISA into our Lifetime ISA, but at the moment we're unable to accept transfers of other types of ISAs into our Lifetime ISA. We expect to offer this service later on in 2017.