Maturing trust funds.
Following the results of a consultation, the government has set out new rules for when child trust funds (CTFs) mature. CTFs were introduced nearly 18
years ago to hold tax-free savings and investments, boosted by a government subsidy for children. A change in policy meant accounts couldn’t be opened
for children born on or after 1 January 2011, though existing accounts were allowed to continue. The funds can’t usually be accessed, other than to
transfer them to a junior ISA, until the child who will benefit from the account reaches 18. This will start to happen in August 2020.
Extended tax advantage.
Typically, the parent or guardian responsible for the CTF will authorise the bank etc. holding the account to release the funds when the beneficiary reaches
18. Under current rules the tax-free status is lost. However, the new regulations which will apply from 6 April 2020 allow investments in a CTF account
to keep their tax-advantaged status after the account holder’s 18th birthday, which means there will be no rush for parents and their children to decide
what to do with the money etc.