Children's Tax Exempt Plan | POIS

Children’s Tax Exempt Plan

Give your child a
Head start in life

Your child or grandchild deserves the best of everything, don’t you agree? And that includes being given an amazing start in life. Our simple and honest Children’s Tax Exempt Plan can help you provide a cash sum for them when they need it the most. It will mean the world to them – and you would have made it all possible.

What is a Children’s Tax Exempt Plan?

This affordable plan offers a tax free cash sum when they need it most. Imagine helping them pay towards their university fees, helping to fund a trip around the world or even helping towards the deposit on a first home.

By opening a Children’s Tax Exempt Plan, you will feel great knowing what an important contribution you will be able to make to their early adult years.  Priceless!

Why choose the Children’s Tax Exempt Plan?

At £25 per month, it is an affordable way to save for your child’s future.

Available for children aged 0 to 15 so that you can start saving for them when it suits you. But don’t worry if you have a child over 16. We offer an adult Tax Exempt Savings Plan as well.

Can be held alongside a Junior ISA or Child Trust Fund so it provides you with more ways to save tax-efficiently for your children.

You choose how long you want to save for, from 10 to 25 years. Your child must be at least 16 years old to receive the cash sum.

As a POIS member, your child or grandchild will have access to membership benefits including discretionary grants to help cover the cost of things like higher education and healthcare costs

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See how much you could save

A real-life example

A £25 per month Children’s Tax Exempt Plan which commenced in August 2013 with a 10 year term provided a payout of £3,568.35 at maturity. This is an average annual return of 3.4% and a total return of 19%, after administration fees and charges.

The above graph is provided for information purposes. Past performance should not be seen as a reliable indicator of future results. The value of holdings within the fund can fall as well as rise, and you could get back less than you have paid into the plan. As the fund holds overseas assets, the Sterling value of these assets may rise and fall as a result of exchange rate fluctuations.

Ready to start saving for your child’s future? Apply today!

Investing in the POIS Flexible Growth Fund

The POIS tax exempt plans invest in our Flexible Growth Fund. This is an actively managed fund with the aim of achieving long term growth, while spreading risk across a wide range of investments. It invests mainly in shares, both UK and overseas, along with convertible bonds.

When you invest with us your money buys units or shares in a fund and the units in each fund have a daily value which can be used to work out the current overall value of your plan.

To work out the value of your plan simply take the number of units your plan currently holds, and multiply this number by the current Unit Price for that plan.

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Added value for your child – Member Benefits

Taking out a Children’s Tax Exempt Plan is only the start. By doing so, your child will become part of the POIS family which is now a part of Foresters Friendly Society, a well-established UK friendly society. This means they can enjoy some wonderful, unique benefits such as discretionary grants to help with higher education costs when the time comes and to support life’s ups and downs.  In 2023, we gave back over £1.72million to our POIS and Foresters members in the form of discretionary grants and charitable donations.

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Common questions

I’m a Royal Mail employee, can I pay contributions direct from my pay?

Yes, if you are a Royal Mail employee, you can open a Child Tax Exempt Plan through the My Bundle+ platform and your contributions will be taken direct from your pay.

Can anyone take out a Children’s Tax Exempt Plan?

Yes anyone can open a Children’s Tax Exempt Plan on behalf of a child. If you are not the child’s parent or guardian, we’ll ask you to confirm that they agree to you setting up the plan. We will then send the plan documents to them so you will need to provide their details as part of the application process.

If the person paying into the plan isn’t the parent or guardian, they’ll receive a copy of the Direct Debit agreement to show they are paying the contributions. They’ll also receive the right to cancel pack in the first 30 days.

Can I open more than one Children’s Tax Exempt Plan for my child?

Under current legislation each person (including children) can save up to £25 a month in a Friendly Society tax free regular savings plan. Therefore, as the monthly contribution for our Children’s Tax Exempt Plan is £25, the child cannot hold more than one tax exempt plan with POIS or any other Friendly Society.

What is life cover?

This plan includes life cover at no additional cost, meaning that if your child passes away before the plan ends then their estate will receive a cash payout. You won’t have to answer any medical questions when applying for the plan making it simple for you to take out but you will benefit from this type of cover.

Until the child reaches the age of 10, the life cover will be the return of the monthly contributions that have been paid into the plan.  After they turn 10, the life cover is calculated at 75% of the total contributions you are due to make over the plan’s full term which you choose when you open it.

In both cases, the life cover is available as long as monthly contributions continue to be paid.  If the value of the plan is higher than the life cover, the plan value will be paid to the estate.

How do I pay into the plan?

With ease!  Your £25 per month contribution will be paid by Direct Debit straight from your bank account.  When you apply, you will provide your bank details and we will set the Direct Debit up for you, you don’t need to do a thing.

Your contributions will be collected each month.  It is not possible to make a lump sum payment into the POIS Children’s Tax Exempt Plan.

Where is my money invested?

The monthly contributions you make will purchase units in the POIS Flexible Growth Fund. The aim of the fund is to achieve long term growth, while spreading risk across a wide range of investments. It invests in UK and overseas shares, along with Global Convertible Bonds. It is an actively managed fund which means our expert fund managers make decisions about how to invest the fund’s money as opposed to the fund just following a market index.

The value of holdings within the fund can fall as well as rise, and you could get back less than you have paid into the plan. As the fund holds overseas assets, the Sterling value of these assets may rise and fall as a result of exchange rate fluctuations.

For more information about the fund see our Fund Information.

Are there any charges?

As with any investment, there are costs in managing the plan on your child’s behalf. These include an annual management charge and a monthly administration charge which are deducted from the value of their plan.

For more information about charges, see the Children’s Tax Exempt Plan  Key Information and Important Information documents

What happens if I stop paying?

We would encourage you to keep up your monthly contributions for the plan’s full duration.

If you stop making contributions, the life cover will end, so, if your child passes away, the payment returned to their estate will be the value of the plan.

If you miss some monthly contributions into the plan, you have 13 months to pay the missing contributions, altogether in one lump sum, and continue paying into the plan. If, at the end of the 13 months, you have not made up the missing contributions there will be various scenarios that could apply.  Please see the Important Information document for further details.

What happens if the plan is cashed in early?

This is a mid-long term savings plan so you should aim to keep the plan open for the length of time you choose when you open it.  That said, we appreciate that personal circumstances can change.  So, if you do need to cash the plan in early you should read the Important Information document to see what charges may apply.

Your child cannot cash in this plan until they reach the age of 16. The payout will be paid to your child at all times, as the plan is for their sole benefit.

What happens if I pass away?

If you were to pass away whilst you are paying contributions on behalf of a child, someone else can take on the responsibility of continuing payments into the plan for the remainder of its term.

If there isn’t anyone to continue the monthly Direct Debit, the plan can either be cashed-in or stopped.  Please see the Important Information document for further details.  Some charges may apply.

What happens when my child’s plan reaches maturity?

We’ll send the child a maturity information pack a little while before their plan is due to mature. This will advise how much the cash lump sum payment will be, and will detail the information we’ll require so we can transfer the money to them. If the maturity date is close to the child’s 16th birthday, the maturity information pack may be sent to the parent/guardian.

When the plan matures all of the money saved and all investment returns less charges will be paid directly to your child. So that we can do this, your child will need a bank account set up in their name.

I’m not sure if the Children’s Tax Exempt Plan is right for me. What should I do?

If you’re unsure as to the suitability of this plan, you should seek advice from a Financial Adviser. Of course, you may have to pay for this advice.

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If you have any questions that we have not yet covered or just want to talk your application through, please give us a call. Our friendly UK based team are on hand to make things as easy as possible (lines are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm).

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