Additional Permitted Subscription (APS) ISA

Decondin the Term: Additional Permitted Subscription

Additional Permitted Subscription (APS) ISA is a term that may not be familiar to you. APS stands for Additional Permitted Subscriptions. An ISA allows someone who has already made one permitted subscription purchase to make additional purchases without reaching the maximum charge limit imposed by their bank. This article will present a definition of Additional Permitted Subscription (APS) ISA, explain how this type of financial instrument works, & provide tips on how people can use it in their own lives.

additional permitted subscription (aps) isa what is it for and how do you use it

Additional Permitted Subscription (APS) Isa: What Is It for and How Do You Use It?

What is Additional Permitted Subscription (APS)?

The Additional Permitted Subscription (APS) ISA is a type of investment created in 1995 by the Bank of England1. It functions as an insurance policy.

It provides cover for anyone who has already made one permitted subscription purchase to make additional purchases without reaching their imposed maximum charge limit from their bank account. This instrument’s primary benefit is that it allows people with low borrowing power or a high level of debt to buy more goods than they would be otherwise able to afford on credit cards or other types of loans.

Each APS entitles its holder to three years worth of protection against overdraft charges – this means if someone spends £100 over six months, then all future transactions will not incur any charges until the three years are up.

The APS ISA is a type of savings account specifically designed to help people who have an overdraft or other high-risk loans.

Here’s the deal:

Someone with this kind of debt can save £120 per year without incurring any additional charges from their bank as long as they make use of one permitted subscription purchase each time they shop, and then put all these funds in the APS ISA during that shopping cycle.

The maximum charge limit imposed by banks on customers taking advantage of APS can be anything between £100 and £1200 depending on how much money you have available in your current account balance at the given moment.


The APS ISA rules vary from bank to bank, but they all generally follow the same guidelines. The APS ISA is a type of savings account specifically designed for people with high-risk loans and other overdrafts.

The person must open an additional permitted subscription account (APS) if they wish to use it as a form of savings. This account is a type of savings account specifically designed for people with high-risk loans and other overdrafts.

You see:

The APS ISA can only be used on one occasion per shopping cycle to pay off an existing loan or any other credit, such as renting out the home if they cannot afford payments due to their low-income levels or inability to work.

The maximum charge limit imposed by banks on customers taking advantage of APS can be anything between £100 and £1200 depending on how much money you have available in your current account balance at the given moment.

If someone wants additional funds deposited into this saving account, they must shop once again within the following 14 days after opening it up.

Still, it is essential to remember that taking advantage of APS ISA a second time in the same shopping cycle will not grant them any additional funds.

Who is Eligible for an APS Allowance?

You are eligible for an APS allowance if you have a mortgage and the total monthly repayments on this loan are more than 50% of your income.

If a credit card or overdraft is outstanding with your current account, you are not eligible to apply for these funds as they will be used first to clear off any existing debts.


If someone has been living in the property that they are purchasing for at least six months before making the purchase, they are eligible to apply.

If someone has been living in the property that they are purchasing for less than six months before making the purchase, this is not an APS allowance and will be classed as a Personal Equity Plan (PEP2) instead.

They must also have repaid all previous mortgages on their home or any other properties they owned within five years of selling these homes.

How is the APS Allowance Determined?

An APS allowance is calculated by the number of years in which someone has lived in their property.

The maximum number of days that can be counted for this calculation is 365, so if someone has already owned a home and then purchased another one with an existing mortgage on it, they will not qualify as they would have been living there more than five years.

The amount awarded as an APS depends on how many months somebody currently owns their home before purchasing.

Suppose someone buys a property six months after owning it themselves or inheriting it from family members who also live at the same address. In that case, they are eligible to receive up to £150,000.

The APS allowance is given in a lump sum and does not need to be repaid at any time.

For an applicant to claim, they must have lived continuously on the property to make up their primary residence for six months or more before making the purchase. This means someone cannot buy a new property with an existing mortgage if they live elsewhere because this would violate the eligibility criteria of continuous residency in one place for over six months.

How Can the APS Allowance be Used?

The APS allowance can be used to purchase a new property but cannot be lent or given to the applicant.

Let me explain,

Suppose someone is looking at buying their first home and has previously rented in the same area for six months before making an offer on that property.

In that case, they could use up to £150,000 of their lump sum from Additional Permitted Subscription (APS) ISA.

This would allow them to withdraw all money from other savings sources, which might have been earmarked for moving costs such as cash deposits and removal vans etc., meaning those savings are carried forward towards house improvements instead.

Someone using this allowance will need some form of proof that they signed a rental agreement in the same postcode area for six months before buying their home. A letter from a letting agent may suffice, but it is worth checking with your bank, who should be able to provide proof of this.

This can also apply if an individual has rented out property and lived somewhere else instead; they need just 12 weeks’ continuous residence in that other location to qualify for APS allowance.

What Are the Limits for Using an APS Allowance?

As with the main ISA allowance, there is a limit to how much you can invest in an APS allowance. In this case, it will be £15,240 for 2017/18 and 2018/19 – so, as we’ve seen before when looking at tax-free allowances of any kind: if your income falls below that amount, then it’s not worth bothering with.

But it is a valuable way of saving more than you can put in the main ISA allowance and doing so without attracting tax on any interest that’s earned – or if there are no other tax advantages to paying off debt at one rate over another, for instance.

If your income falls below £15,240, then use this instead as an opportunity to save towards retirement, but otherwise, don’t forget about it altogether.

Can I Transfer my APS Allowance?

No, an APS allowance is not transferable.


To transfer your total ISA allowance, you’ll need to withdraw it and then reinvest it into a new one in the name of someone else’s account – or if they’re already over their limit, too, take on some more cash for yourself.

Common Questions

Does My APS Allowance Form Part of My Current Year's Isa Allowance?

Do I Need to Invest the Whole APS Allowance in One Go?

How Is the APS Allowance Determined?

How Do I Know When My APS Allowance Starts?

In conclusion

In a nutshell,

The new APS ISA is a great way to help you save on your taxes. If you’re worried about the cost of this program, know that it may be tax-deductible and can also reduce your taxable income for next year’s filing.

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