Cash ISA, Stocks and Shares ISA, Junior ISA, Lifetime ISA.
Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are a tax efficient way to invest and we can help find the most suitable one for you.
Every year you have an ISA allowance in the UK that lets you save or invest money up to a certain amount without paying tax on your returns. The cash and Stocks and Shares ISA allowance for the 2021/2022 tax year is £20,000.
Junior ISAs have a limit of £9,000 and the child obtains control at 16 years of age although cannot withdraw the funds until they are 18.
Lifetime ISAs have an annual limit of £4,000 and count towards your overall £20,000 ISA limit. They are available for anyone between the ages of 18 and 40 years of age. You cannot access your lifetime ISA unless you purchase your first home or reach 60 years of age. A penalty may apply if withdrawing for other reasons.
There are two main types of ISA: a cash ISA and a stocks and shares ISA.
There are two types of cash Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs):
- Instant access Cash ISA that allows you to withdraw and deposit funds as often as you want.
- Fixed term ISA where you deposit money and it is there for a fixed term.
Stocks and Shares ISA
A Stocks and Shares ISA is an account that allows you to invest free from capital gains and income tax. Your money is at risk but it could give you a better return than a cash ISA.
Stocks and Shares ISA (Equity investments) do not afford the same capital security as deposit accounts.
Special ISAs also exist and these cover Junior ISAs (for children only) and Lifetime ISAs (for adults under 40 saving for retirement or to buy their first home).
You can only pay into one cash ISA and one stocks and shares ISA in each tax year. Although you can pay into new cash and stocks and shares ISAs every tax year, leaving you with multiple ISA accounts.
We often discuss with clients the most suitable ISA option available to them, as well as the possibility of transferring ISA accounts and what would happen to their ISA in the event of death.
If you would like to talk to us to find out your options then please get in touch today.
*Please note: Investment ISAs put your capital at risk, and you may get back less than you originally invested.