Tax treatment varies according to individual circumstances and is subject to change.
ISAs are a very tax efficient form of savings. They allow you to invest in cash, bonds, shares and funds sheltered free from tax both on income and growth.
Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are available to UK residents over 18 years of age or 16 years of age for Cash ISAs. All income and capital gains received from investments held within an ISA are completely tax free. For children up to age 18, you can invest in a Junior ISA up to £4,128 per child (2017/2018). A new Help to buy ISA was also introduced from autumn 2015.
ISAs can be invested in cash or in stocks and shares (including unit trusts, investment trusts, OEICs, some fixed interest securities and any share quoted on a stock exchange recognised by HMRC.)
The ISA limit is now set at £20,000 (2017/2018). You are able to split this amount between a Cash ISA and a Stocks and Shares ISA as you choose - up to the overall annual ISA limit of £20,000. If you have sufficient savings you should normally use your full annual allowance every year.
Please note that any subscriptions you have made to an ISA since April 2017 will count towards the £20,000 ISA subscription limit for 2017/2018. If you have opened a Cash or Stocks and Shares ISA since April 6th 2017, you are not able to open a further ISA of the same type during this tax year (up to and including the April 5th 2018). You can make additional payments up to the £20,000 ISA subscription limit to your existing account or you can transfer the account to another provider and then top up to your annual limit.
ISAs offer flexibility to save your ISA annual allowance in both cash and stocks and shares in any combination. Under the New ISA rules you are able to transfer your previous years' ISA savings freely between stocks and shares and cash if you wish.
Cash ISA's are widely available with different interest rates and it is a good idea to shop around for the best rates. It is important to fully understand the conditions attached to those rates as access may be restricted in order to achieve a higher rate of interest.
Stocks and Shares ISAs
Stock and Shares ISAs are also widely available and competitively priced. Many offer a fund supermarket arrangement whereby you can invest in the funds from many investment companies rather than being restricted to just one firm’s funds. Some also allow direct equity investments (shares) and access to professional discretionary fund management.
We can offer advice on which ISA is right for you.
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEEK ADVICE WHEN TAKING OUT A ISA AND REMEMBER THAT WITH A STOCKS & SHARES ISA THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS AND INCOME FROM THEM MAY GO DOWN AS WELL AS UP AND YOU MAY NOT GET BACK THE ORIGINAL AMOUNT INVESTED.
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