Tax Savings Accounts (2023)

Overview

You can save money by paying for eligible health care, dependent care, and commuter expenses with Tax Savings & Spending Accounts. LPL Financial offers you several types of accounts that lower your taxes.

Accounts

Health Savings Account (HSA)

Available only to employees who enroll in the Aetna Health Fund HSA .

Details

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

  • Health Care FSA: Available to employees who do not enroll in an HSA, or do not elect medical coverage through LPL Financial.
  • Limited Purpose FSA: Available to employees enrolled in the Aetna Health Fund HSA Plan.
  • Dependent Care FSA: Available to all employees.

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Commuter Reimbursement Plan

Available to all employees.

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Key Features

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Tax-free money

Money goes in tax-free* and comes out tax-free when it’s used for eligible expenses.

Convenient payroll deductions

Contribute to your accounts easily and effortlessly.

Helpful budgeting tool

Plan for upcoming expenses by setting aside money each paycheck.

Payflex HSA portal

Access plan information, check your available balance, and submit claims online.

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TRI-AD portal

Access plan information, check your available balance, and submit claims online.

*Contributions are not subject to federal tax. However, they are currently subject to state tax in AL, CA, and NJ. Consult with your tax advisor to understand the potential tax consequences of enrolling in an HSA.

Take out the guess work!

Use the PayFlex Calculator to help you decide how much you should contribute!

How much could you save?

Here’s an example. Let’s say Tom decides to set aside $2,000 in an HSA or FSA for the year. Normally, on that money, he’d pay $480 in federal income tax, $100 in state income tax, and $153 in payroll tax. So, by contributing that $2,000 to his HSA or FSA, he’ll get $733 in tax savings for the year.

Without an HSA or FSA, Tom would pay … Savings
24% in federal income tax $480
5% in state income tax $100
7.65% in Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax $153
His total tax savings for the year with an HSA or FSA $733

This hypothetical illustration is for educational purposes only. Dollar amounts or savings will vary depending on income, state and city tax rules, and other factors. Please consult a tax, legal, or financial advisor about your own personal situation.

*Contributions are not subject to federal tax. However, they are currently subject to state tax in AL, CA, and NJ. Consult with your tax advisor to understand the potential tax consequences of enrolling in an HSA.

Health Savings Account

With the Aetna Health Fund HSA Plan you’re eligible to open and contribute money to a Health Savings Account (HSA) through PayFlex. The HSA is a tax-free savings account that you own. You can use it to pay for eligible health expenses anytime, even in retirement. Watch this video to learn more.

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Put money in tax-free.

Contribute to your HSA through before-tax payroll deductions (up to IRS annual limits), and change your contribution amount anytime. You can also get company contributions: $500 for individual coverage and $1,000 for family coverage.

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Pay for care tax-free.*

Pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expensesfor you and your family using your HSA debit card (provided sufficient funds are in your account). You can also track your spending, check your balance, reimburse yourself, and more on the PayFlex website.

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Grow money for the future tax-free.

  • All the money in your HSA is yours to keep; any remaining balance rolls over year after year.
  • You can build up savings to pay for future health care expenses. You can even invest your money once it reaches a minimum balance, which gives you the potential for tax-free earnings growth and a way to plan ahead for your medical costs in retirement.

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*Money in an HSA can be withdrawn tax-free as long as it is used to pay for qualified health-related expenses. If money is used for ineligible expenses, you will pay ordinary income tax on the amount withdrawn, plus a 20% penalty tax if you withdraw the money before age 65.

Contribution limits

The IRS sets annual limits on the total amount of money that can be contributed to your HSA. These limits include contributions from both you and LPL Financial:

2022 2023
Individual $3,650 $3,850
Family $7,300 $7,750
Who’s eligible for an HSA?

In order to establish and contribute to an HSA, you:

  • Must be enrolled in the Aetna Health Fund HSA Plan.
  • Cannot simultaneously participate in the Health Care FSA (but participation in a Limited Purpose FSA is allowed).
  • Cannot be enrolled in any other first-dollar medical coverage, including Medicare, Tricare or a spouse’s plan, including a spouse’s Health Care FSA
  • Cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.

You should review IRS rules for making HSA contributions if you will turn age 65 during the year.

For more information, see IRS Publication 969.

Increase your tax savings with a Limited Purpose FSA

Use your HSA together with a Limited Purpose FSA for additional tax savings.

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Flexible Spending Accounts

Using an FSA is like getting a discount on everyday health and/or dependent care expenses because you’re paying with tax-free money. LPL offers four tax-advantaged plan options administered by Tri-Ad, two of which are governed by your medical election, and two that are available regardless of your medical election.

Health Care (HC) FSA

Available to employees who do not enroll in an HSA, or do not elect LPL medical coverage.


Contribute up to $2,850 for the year through before-tax payroll deductions to help cover eligible medical, vision, and dental expenses.

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Choose

Choose your contribution amount when you enroll. You can only change your contribution amount during the year if your personal situation changes so estimate carefully.

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Contribute

Your annual contribution will be divided into equal payroll deductions.

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Spend

The FSA Visa debit card lets you pay out-of-pocket Medical, Dental and Vision expenses with funds deducted directly from your account. You are required to keep all supporting documentation.

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Use It Up

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Up to $570 of unused money may be carried over to the next year; amounts above $570 will be forfeited, so be sure to use it up!

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Limited Purpose (LP) FSA

Available only to employees who enroll in the Health Savings Account (HSA) to offer additional tax-saving opportunities


Contribute up to $2,850 for the year through before-tax payroll deductions. This account can be used on eligible dental and vision expenses only. See a complete list of eligible expenses.

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Choose

Choose your contribution amount when you enroll. You can only change your contribution amount during the year if your personal situation changes so estimate carefully.

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Contribute

Your annual contribution will be divided into equal payroll deductions.

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Spend

The FSA Visa debit card lets you pay Health Care and Dependent Care expenses with funds deducted directly from your account. You are required to keep all supporting documentation.

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Dependent Care FSA

Available to all employees


Contribute up to $5,000 for the year through before-tax payroll deductions to help cover your eligible dependent care expenses, including child care for children up to age 13 and care for dependent elders.

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Choose

Choose your contribution amount when you enroll. You can only change your contribution amount during the year if your personal situation changes so estimate carefully.

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Contribute

Your annual contribution will be divided into equal deductions from each paycheck.

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Spend

The FSA Visa debit card lets you pay Health Care and Dependent Care expenses with funds deducted directly from your account. You are required to keep all supporting documentation.

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Use It Up

Unused money does not carry over at the end of each year — use it or lose it! Be sure to use it up.

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Commuter Reimbursement Plan

Pay for transportation expenses with before-tax dollars, which can save you money on monthly parking or transit costs related to your work commute:

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It’s easy and flexible.

You decide how much to contribute, and the money is deducted from your paycheck automatically.

Before-tax deductions:

are allowed up to the IRS limit of $270 per month for transit and/or $270 per month for parking.

Commuter Prepaid Debit Mastercard

will be issued with your first order.

The Commuter card

is accepted at transit agencies, fare vending machines and designated transit retail centers.

Compare Accounts

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HSA Limited Purpose FSA Health Care FSA Dependent Care FSA Commuter Plan
Available with… Aetna
Health Fund (HSA)
Aetna Select (EPO)
Aetna Traditional (PPO)(Also available if you waive medical coverage)
Available to all employees Available to all employees
Receive company contribution Yes No No No No
Change your contribution amount anytime Yes No No No Yes
Access your entire annual contribution amount the beginning of the plan year No Yes Yes No No
Access only funds that have been deposited Yes No No Yes Yes
Use the money for… Eligible medical, dental and vision expenses Eligible dental and vision expenses Eligible medical, dental and vision expenses Eligible day care expenses for your children up to age 13 and tax dependents of any age dependent on you for support Parking and transit expenses
“Use it or lose it” at year-end No Yes (Carry over up to $570) Yes (Carry over up to $570) Yes N/A
Money is always yours to keep Yes No No No N/A

FAQs

Does HMRC know my savings? ›

HMRC use information provided to them directly by banks and building societies about any savings interest income you receive. They may use this to send you a bill at the end of the tax year (the P800 form or Simple Assessment) and/or to amend your tax code.

Do you pay tax on savings accounts? ›

Any interest from savings that is over your Personal Savings Allowance or Starting Rate for Savings is taxed. The amount of tax depends on your income.

Do I have to declare savings to HMRC? ›

HMRC has said that tax from savings income is collected via the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system in the majority of cases. Some people may still have to declare it on their self-assessment tax return or pay it by other means, however. More information on this is available on the HMRC website.

How far back can HMRC check bank accounts? ›

The HMRC can go very far back, as far back as 20 years of your financial history. Depending on the initial reason for the tax investigation, they might need to dig deeper.

Can HMRC see all your bank accounts? ›

If you are unsure, see under 'further help' below. If you are a UK tax resident and you hold an account in another country then HMRC will receive information about you. This will include details about account balances and sums paid to accounts (for example, interest and dividends, or from the sale of investments).

What type of savings is tax free? ›

Savings in a 529 or Coverdell education savings account are withdrawn tax-free if they're used for qualified education expenses.

How much money can I keep in my bank account without tax? ›

There are no restrictions as to the maximum amount you can keep in a saving bank account either under the income tax laws or under banking regulations but different banks have different rules as requiring the accountholders to maintain minimum balance in their saving account failing which they levy penalty for such non ...

How much money can you have in savings without tax? ›

Under 80TTA of the Income Tax Act, interest up to Rs 10,000 earned from all savings bank accounts is not taxable. This is valid for co-operative banks, post offices or savings bank accounts.

How does the 5000 savings allowance work? ›

You benefit from both the £5,000 starting savings allowance – where you pay 0% tax, plus the personal savings allowance of £1,000. So, you can earn a total of £18,570 from income and savings interest without paying any tax. You earn between £12,570 and £17,570. This is where it gets a little complicated.

Can the IRS take money from your savings account? ›

An IRS levy permits the legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. It can garnish wages, take money in your bank or other financial account, seize and sell your vehicle(s), real estate and other personal property.

How does a tax-free savings account work? ›

How does a TFSA work? You can hold qualified investments like cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds in a TFSA and can withdraw contributions as well as the interest, capital gains, and dividends earned in the account at any time1, without paying taxes (or reporting the withdrawals as income when you file your taxes).

How much savings is tax free UK? ›

Every basic rate taxpayer in the UK has a personal savings allowance of £1,000. This means that the first £1,000 you earn from savings interest a year is tax-free. If you exceed your £1,000 allowance, then you will be taxed 20% on any interest you earn after that.

How much money can you have in your savings account without being taxed UK? ›

It's used up by the first £12,570 of your wages. The remaining £3,430 of your wages (£16,000 minus £12,570) reduces your starting rate for savings by £3,430. Your remaining starting rate for savings is £1,570 (£5,000 minus £3,430). This means you will not have to pay tax on your £200 savings interest.

How much tax free savings can I have UK? ›

Earn up to £1,000 savings interest tax-free

The personal savings allowance (PSA) lets most people earn up to £1,000 in interest without paying tax on it. At current savings rates, you'd need to have £40,000 in the top easy-access savings account to exceed the allowance.

What triggers an HMRC investigation? ›

What triggers an investigation? HMRC claims compliance checks are usually triggered when figures submitted on a return appear to be wrong in someway. If a small company suddenly makes a large claim for VAT, or a business with a large turnover declares a very small amount of tax, this will likely be flagged-up by HMRC.

Can the government see how much money is in your bank account? ›

The federal government has no business monitoring small cash deposits and how Americans pay their bills and has no right to snoop around in private checking accounts without a warrant.

How do I know if HMRC are investigating me? ›

How do I know if HMRC is investigating me? Every tax investigation starts with a brown envelope marked 'HMRC' falling through your letterbox. Your company records will face varying degrees of scrutiny, depending on the reason the investigation has been launched.

Can the government take my savings? ›

HMRC can now take money from people simply if they think they may be using illegal tax avoidance methods. This means they keep the cash until legal proceedings are over, paying it back with interest if they lose.

How far back can HMRC go? ›

HMRC will investigate in detail and retrospectively based on the case and how serious it is. If they suspect deliberate tax evasion, they can investigate as far as 20 years. Investigations into careless tax returns can go back 6 years and investigations into innocent errors can go backup up to 4 years.

Can the government see how much money is in your bank account UK? ›

Can HMRC Trace Bank Accounts? HM Revenue and Customs has wide-ranging powers to find the information they need to get people to pay tax on their income, including your bank account.

Where should I put money to avoid taxes? ›

Interest income from municipal bonds is generally not subject to federal tax.
  1. Invest in Municipal Bonds. ...
  2. Shoot for Long-Term Capital Gains. ...
  3. Start a Business. ...
  4. Max out Retirement Accounts and Employee Benefits. ...
  5. Use a Health Savings Account (HSA) ...
  6. Claim Tax Credits.

Where can I invest my money to save tax? ›

Investment options under Sec 80C
InvestmentReturnsLock-in Period
National Pension System (NPS)12% to 14%Till Retirement
ELSS Funds15% to 18%3 years
Unit Linked Insurance Plan (ULIP)Varies with Plan Chosen5 years
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY)7.60%N/A
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Where can I invest to avoid tax? ›

Tax saving instruments and sections therein :
  • Fixed deposit. ...
  • PPF ( Public provident scheme ) ...
  • ULIP (Unit linked insurance plan) ...
  • National Savings Certificate. ...
  • Senior Citizen Savings scheme. ...
  • Life insurance. ...
  • Pension plans. ...
  • Health insurance or Mediclaim.

How much does the average person have in their bank account? ›

The median and average bank account balance in the U.S.
YearMedian bank account balanceAverage bank account balance*
2019$5,300$41,600
2016$4,790$42,580
2013$4,500$39,690
2010$4,120$38,000
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How much cash can you put in the bank before the bank notifies the IRS? ›

A person must file Form 8300 if they receive cash of more than $10,000 from the same payer or agent: In one lump sum. In two or more related payments within 24 hours.

How much cash a person can keep at home? ›

Failure to disclose the source of the money kept in the house can lead to a fine of up to 137 percent. Transactions in cash exceeding Rs 20 lakh in a financial year can attract penalty. According to the CBDT, it is necessary to provide PAN number for deposit or withdrawal of more than Rs 50,000 in one go.

How much cash is too much in savings? ›

In the long run, your cash loses its value and purchasing power. Another red flag that you have too much cash in your savings account is if you exceed the $250,000 limit set by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) — obviously not a concern for the average saver.

How much money can be deposited in a savings account in a year? ›

The Reserve Bank of India sets limits on cash deposits in Savings Accounts. You can deposit only INR 1 lakh cash in one shot in a Savings Account. Cash deposits in a Savings Account cannot exceed INR 10 Lakhs in a financial year.

How much am I allowed to have in my savings account? ›

Banks and credit unions typically don't have account maximums, nor are there any laws limiting how much you can keep in a bank account. So, you can deposit as much as you want into a savings account. However, one thing you should be aware of is FDIC insurance limits.

What should I do with 40000 in savings? ›

Other ways to invest $40K

Setting up an additional retirement account such as an HSA or Roth IRA and investing in individual stocks, index funds, or mutual funds. Paying off a student loan or helping a family member reduce their debt. Purchasing a CD or 10-year Treasury and saving the money for a rainy day.

What is the 10 percent savings rule? ›

Save 10 percent of your income.”

Putting away some money on a regular basis—even if it's a small amount—can help you manage unexpected expenses and emergencies and reach your financial goals.

Can IRS find out if you have a savings account? ›

The Short Answer: Yes. The IRS probably already knows about many of your financial accounts, and the IRS can get information on how much is there. But, in reality, the IRS rarely digs deeper into your bank and financial accounts unless you're being audited or the IRS is collecting back taxes from you.

Is it better to use a TFSA or savings account? ›

Both TFSAs and savings accounts have a place in someone's overall portfolio. Savings accounts are perfect for holding liquid funds such as emergency funds, while TFSA holders can take advantage of tax-free compounding interest to build medium to long-term wealth.

What's the difference between a savings account and a tax-free savings account? ›

A Tax-Free Savings Account is a type of bank account. "Tax free" means you do not pay tax on any interest you earn on the money in the account. With a regular savings account, you have to pay tax on the interest you earn. With a registered Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), any interest you earn is non-taxable.

Can you withdraw from a tax-free savings account without penalty? ›

Unlike RRSP's or other some other tax advantaged accounts, there's no penalty for withdrawing money from your TFSA. The only withdrawal fee you might get hit with is one from your financial institution.

How much cash can you keep at home UK? ›

Some limits exist with bringing money into the country and in the form of cash gifts, but there's no regulation on how much you can keep at home. If someone wanted to store £1 million at home, there are no laws against it - the practicality of such an action makes this a poor decision to take.

How much money can you gift to a family member tax-Free UK? ›

How much money can you gift tax-free? You're entitled to an annual tax-free gift allowance of £3,000. This is also known as your annual exemption. With your annual gift allowance, you can give away assets or money up to a total of £3,000 without them being added to the value of your estate.

How can I legally save tax UK? ›

10 ways to minimise your tax bill
  1. ENSURE YOUR TAX CODE IS CORRECT. ...
  2. CLAIM YOUR FULL ENTITLEMENT TO TAX RELIEF ON PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS. ...
  3. CLAIM ALL TAX RELIEF DUE ON CHARITABLE DONATIONS. ...
  4. TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF YOUR PERSONAL ALLOWANCEs. ...
  5. CHOOSE THE BEST EMPLOYMENT STATUS. ...
  6. TAX EFFICIENT DISPOSAL OF A SECOND PROPERTY.
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How much money can you have in a savings account UK? ›

Over £85,000.

For those with bigger savings, in the unlikely event a bank or building society went bust, the golden rule is not to put more than £85,000 in any one financial institution.

How much cash should you keep in the bank UK? ›

Financial advisers often recommend having the equivalent of at least six months' income in cash to cover any unexpected expenses. This will typically be held in easy access cash savings accounts, so it's easy to get your hands on quickly but the amount needed will differ depending on your individual circumstances.

Should I open a tax-free savings account? ›

A TFSA is an excellent choice if you have non-registered investments. The TFSA allows you to turn taxable income into tax-free income for life, by creating a more tax-efficient investment portfolio and enabling you to maximize your investment growth.

Do banks report deposits to HMRC? ›

HMRC requires UK banks and building societies to annually submit information about interest paid or credited to reportable persons. This information is used to pre-populate customer tax accounts, it informs: the issue of PAYE notices of coding and tax calculations.

Can the government see my savings account? ›

The federal government has no business monitoring small cash deposits and how Americans pay their bills and has no right to snoop around in private checking accounts without a warrant.

Does the government have access to my savings account? ›

Can a government take your savings? Through right of offset, the government allows banks and credit unions to access the savings of their account holders under certain circumstances. This is allowed when the consumer misses a debt payment owed to that same financial institution.

How do DWP know about savings? ›

If you try to reduce your savings by spending or giving money to your family or friends, the DWP may still count it as part of your savings. This is called 'notional capital' and it may reduce your benefit payments. If you use your savings, the DWP may ask you for receipts and bank statements.

How does HMRC collect tax on savings? ›

If you're self-employed and need to declare savings interest from a previous tax year, you'll have to report it in a Self-Assessment tax return. HMRC automatically deducts tax on any savings interest you owe, if you're employed or get a pension.

How do HMRC find out about undeclared income? ›

As soon as you tell HMRC about the income you have not paid tax on, an HMRC inspector will be assigned to your case. Inspectors are specially trained to handle tax enquiries and usually require the following: Tax returns completed for all concerned years. Additional documents and information on your end.

Does the government know how much is in your bank account? ›

The Short Answer: Yes. The IRS probably already knows about many of your financial accounts, and the IRS can get information on how much is there. But, in reality, the IRS rarely digs deeper into your bank and financial accounts unless you're being audited or the IRS is collecting back taxes from you.

How much money can you have in your bank account without being taxed? ›

What Would Happen if I Deposited $10,000 Into My Bank Account? If you deposit over $10,000 in cash into your bank account, it requires special handling. The IRS requires banks and businesses to file Form 8300, the Currency Transaction Report, if they receive cash payments over $10,000.

How much money can you transfer without being reported? ›

Who must file. Generally, any person in a trade or business who receives more than $10,000 in cash in a single transaction or in related transactions must file a Form 8300.

Can banks confiscate your savings? ›

The fact is, any money you store in a banking institution now becomes an unsecured debt, and you become an unsecured creditor that is called on to share in the burden of a bank loss. You have little- to-no legal recourse. Act gives the right for banks to confiscate those funds in and use them as needed.

Why do people not have savings accounts? ›

Consumers cited several reasons why they did not have a bank account. Among the top 3 reasons, consumers said that not having enough money, high or unpredictable fees, and distrust of banks were reasons they didn't have accounts.

Can the bank take money from my savings account? ›

Generally, a bank may take money from your deposit account to make a payment on a separate debt that you owe to the bank, such as a car loan, if you are not paying that loan on time and the terms of your contract(s) with the bank allow it. This is called the right of offset.

What money is classed as savings? ›

Savings are counted as any money you can get hold of relatively easily, or financial products that can be sold on. These include: cash and money in bank or building society accounts, including current accounts that don't pay interest. National Savings & Investments savings accounts, and Premium Bonds.

Will my benefits stop if I have savings? ›

Benefits that are affected by savings are those which are means-tested. That means your eligibility, and how much you get, is assessed on your individual circumstances and income. To find out how much you can have in savings before it affects your benefits, please read on.

How much money can you have in the bank and still claim benefits UK? ›

Below are examples of capital limits and how they can affect your benefits claim. The lower capital limit is how much you can have in savings and investments before it affects your benefits claim. These benefits have a lower capital limit of £6,000 and an upper capital limit of £16,000.

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