Lloyds and Santander reveal tax year end cash Isa rates

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Lloyds and Santander have revealed their cash Isas in the run up to the end of the tax year.

Lloyds Cash Isa Saver pays 1.25% tax-free on balances of £1 or more to new savers, rising to 1.5% on £20,000 more. The rates include a bonus for the first 12 months after which the rate drops to 0.5%. Santander is paying 2.3% fixed for two years.

The top easy-access Isa deal comes from Britannia at 1.75% but you are limited to two withdrawals a year. Both National Counties Building Society and Metro Bank pay 1.65% while you can earn 1.6% with Nationwide on this year's cash Isa allowance.

The top fixed-rate cash Isa accounts come from Britannia at 1.85% for one year, or 2.05% for two years. Leeds Building Society, along with Santander, pays 2% for two years. At Coventry you will earn 2.75% fixed until 30 May 2017.

On taxable accounts, the best internet-based easy access account comes from National Counties Building Society at 1.36% before tax (1.08% after tax). On branch-based accounts you can earn 1.5% (1.2%) with Britannia although you are limited to four withdrawals a year.

The top easy access rate with no withdrawal restrictions comes from Virgin Money, Leeds Building Society and Newcastle Building Society all at 1.25% (1%).

On taxable fixed-rate deals, internet-based Firstsave pays 1.9% (1.52%) for one year, 2.35% (1.88%) for two years and 2.6% (2.08%) for three years.

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This article was written for our sister website Money Observer