Definition of TESSA in English:


(also Tessa)


  • (in the UK) a tax-exempt special savings account allowing savers to invest a certain amount in a bank or building society with no tax to pay on the interest, provided that the capital remained in the account for five years (replaced in 1999 by the ISA).

    • ‘But while Peps allowed you to invest in equities and Tessas in tax-free deposits, with an Isa you can do both, up to a point.’
    • ‘When the first Tessas began to mature, the government brought in roll-over Tessas so that the tax break could continue.’
    • ‘Tax exempt savings, however, such as Tessas, Personal Equity Plans and Individual Savings Accounts do not need to be declared on the return.’
    • ‘Back in April 1999 the government introduced Individual Savings Accounts which replaced Peps and Tessas.’
    • ‘Customers can hold a Tessa - only ISA in addition to any other ISA (either mini or maxi), and the new Royal Bank account meets the government's standards of efficiency and therefore has a Cat mark.’
    • ‘Isas replaced Tessas in 1999, so the last batch of 400,000 five-year schemes - worth about £1.48 billion - matured in March and April.’
    • ‘Miles's team points out that the orthodox tax-break systems that enabled financial packages like Tessas and Peps to succeed have been applied to mortgages in the past.’
    • ‘Tax-exempt investments such as Tessas and Individual Savings Accounts do not have to be notified to the tax authorities or included on any forms.’
    • ‘Tax-free Tessas resulted from King's free thinking too.’
    • ‘Scottish institutions are failing savers again, this time when it comes to tax-exempt Tessas.’
    • ‘Essentially, although tax-free Tessas have been replaced by Individual Savings Accounts, it is still possible to shelter money in accounts already opened.’
    • ‘You can reinvest the capital you put into your TESSA, but not the interest, in a Tessa Only ISA, or TOISA for short.’
    • ‘Former teacher Raymond Taylor likes to invest his money wisely to ensure he can afford plenty of ‘riotous living’ in retirement, which is why tax-exempt Tessas appealed to him from the word go.’
    • ‘Many people have gathered substantial nest eggs from building-society windfalls, privatisations and by making the most of tax breaks available under Tessas, Peps and Isas.’