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What happens if I take money out my Lifetime ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:17+01:00

There are strict withdrawal rules surrounding Lifetime ISAs. You are not allowed to withdraw money until you turn 60 without paying a penalty unless the money is specifically put towards buying your first home or you have less than 12 months to live. The withdrawal charge will be 25% of the amount you take out.

What happens if I take money out my stocks and shares ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:17+01:00

You can withdraw your money from your stocks and shares ISA whenever you want. Most investment platforms don’t currently offer flexible stocks and shares ISAs, so if you take out money and reinvest it at a later date within the same tax year, it will count towards your annual ISA allowance.

What happens if I take money out my cash ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

If you have a cash ISA, you won’t lose any tax benefits by making withdrawals, but fees and penalties may apply. With an instant access cash ISA, you can withdraw money without any restriction. With a fixed term cash ISA you will have to pay a penalty to access your money, typically a certain number of days’ interest. If your ISA is ‘flexible’ you can withdraw money and replace it during the same tax year without it affecting your current year’s allowance.

 

How many ISAs can I have?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

You can have multiple ISAs providing you do not exceed the annual pay-in limit currently £20,000 for the 2020/21 financial year. This allowance can be split between different types of ISA but you can only pay into one type of ISA each financial year. You can however retain ISAs from previous years.

You may for example, choose to put £4,000 into a Lifetime ISA (the maximum you can save in this type of account) to benefit from the 25% bonus offered by the Government and then split the remaining £16,000 however you choose.

How can I see when interest is paid on an ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

The best place to find out when the interest is paid on your ISA is to review the terms and conditions of your account. You can also speak to your current provider or the provider you are considering.

How often is interest paid on an ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

Interest payments from an ISA fund varies depending on the type of ISA and your provider but will comprise one of the following options:

  • Paid monthly on a set date
  • Paid annually on a set date
  • Paid annually on the anniversary of your account opening

Some ISAs may offer a choice of monthly or annual interest.

Can I transfer my ISA to another provider?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

You can transfer your current ISA to another provider but you must follow the right procedure to ensure that your savings and investments don’t lose their tax-free status. Not all providers will accept transfers and some will have rules about when and how they accept a transfer.

You can transfer your ISA from one type to another such as a cash ISA to a stocks and shares ISA as long as you follow the rules. Your original ISA provider might charge a penalty, for example if you move from a fixed-term ISA before the whole period has expired, so check to see what restrictions and charges are in place before moving funds or investments.

Transferring your ISA is a simple process once you have found a suitable provider because once you have completed a form they will do the hard work and contact your original provider.

Can I have an ISA and a savings account?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

Yes, you can have a savings account and an ISA at the same time. You might want to work out which type is more beneficial to you, which will depend on your personal circumstances.

Both ISAs and the Personal Savings Allowance offer you tax benefits from your savings, but consider the pros and cons to which will best fit your situation – especially if you will be saving less than the annual ISA allowance. If you think you will exceed either or both your annual ISA allowance or personal savings allowance per year, it makes sense to have both accounts to maximise the amount of interest you can earn tax free.

Are ISAs a good investment?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

Stocks and shares ISAs can be a good investment for many reasons, especially the tax-free income, capital gains and dividends. If time is on your side, investing is one of the best ways to help you achieve your long-term financial goals providing you can ride out any market fluctuations.

Many people are understandably anxious about investing because they think it’s too complex. But if you’re new to it, there are some easy ways to get started such as ready-made funds run by experts.

How much can I pay into a stocks and shares ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

Like cash ISAs, there’s a limit to how much you can pay into a stocks and shares ISA. For the tax year 2020/21, you can invest a maximum of £20,000 and it’s your choice to set aside a regular amount from as low as £50 per month or deposit a lump sum.

What are the disadvantages of a stocks and shares ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

Stocks and shares ISAs are only a good investment if you manage risk sensibly because the stock market can be unpredictable, so it’s important to never invest more than you can afford to lose.

The greater the risk, the greater profit you’re likely to make but the more you’re also likely to lose. Always factor in additional costs when planning your investments, such as admin charges and fund management fees.

The golden rule of investing is to spread the risk by balancing your portfolio with a mix of equities, bonds and cash spread across different industrial sectors and geographical areas.

What are the benefits of a stocks and shares ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

A stocks and shares ISA allows you to invest in a wide variety of investment products, including funds such as unit trusts and Oeics or shares in individual companies and bonds whereby you effectively lend money to a company or government in return for interest on the loan.

You can personally pick the funds and shares or choose ready-made funds where the decision-making is done for you. The money you hold in a cash ISA can be transferred to an investment ISA in its entirety or split between a cash ISA or investment ISA.

What is a stocks and shares ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

A stocks and shares ISA is a tax efficient way of investing in the stock market. Any returns you earn will be sheltered from both income tax and capital gains tax. 

How much interest will I earn on an ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

ISA interest rates will vary. Some accounts offer instant access to your money while others require it to be locked away for a set period.

Other types of ISA include Junior ISAs, which are for under 18s, which currently have an annual limit of £9,000. You can read more about the different types here or contact us to learn more:

When can I open an ISA account?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

You can open an ISA at any point in the tax year with the exact terms of the ISA depending on the provider.

How much can I pay into an ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

For 2020/21 the ISA allowance limit is £20,000 for each financial year. The total can be divided between cash and stocks and shares. Any unused allowance will not roll over to the next year, so it’s worth making the most of it, if you can afford to. It’s your choice if you want to set aside a regular amount or deposit a lump sum. There are limits on other types of ISA such as a Lifetime ISA, which has an annual limit of £4,000. A Junior ISA has an annual limit of £9,000 until the child turns 18 years of age.

What is a cash ISA?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

There are two main types of cash ISA, (1) An Easy Access ISA allows you to access your money at any time with a variable rate of interest paid. (2) A Fixed-rate ISA pays a fixed rate of interest for a set term, such as 1.8% fixed for 3 years. With this type of ISA you have to be prepared to lock your money away for a set period or pay a penalty for withdrawing early.

What type of ISAs are available?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

There are two main type of ISA, (1) a cash ISA, which works like a regular savings account and (2) a stocks and shares ISA, which allows you to invest in funds, bonds and individual company’s shares. There are also Innovative Finance ISAs, which allow people to receive tax-free interest and capital gains on funds lent through peer-to-peer lending platforms, and Help to Buy or Lifetime ISAs, which are specifically for saving for a first home or retirement.

What is an ISA?2021-05-11T08:35:54+01:00

An ISA stands for an individual savings accounts, which are tax-free savings or investment accounts. With this type of savings account, you will not pay tax on any interest you earn or gains you make.

I have several pensions, can I put them all into one pension?2021-04-09T13:09:18+01:00

Yes, this is possible but with care as some pensions have safeguarded benefits that could be lost on transfer.

What is auto enrolment?2021-01-16T16:00:26+00:00

Auto enrolment is a compulsory pension that employers have to offer to their employees.

How do I get tax relief for my pension payments?2021-01-16T16:00:14+00:00

The pension company claims 20% tax relief direct from HMRC when your contribution is received. Additional relief for higher rate taxpayers is claimed via your tax return.

How much do I need to pay into a pension?2021-01-16T15:59:58+00:00

There is no minimum amount, but the advised amount will depend on when you start your pension and how much you would like your pension to be worth at retirement.

What is a ‘carry forward’ contribution?2021-01-16T15:59:40+00:00

A ‘carry forward’ contribution is where you are allowed to pay more than the current year’s maximum amount into your pension by using the previous year’s allowances, providing you have not previously paid the maximum amount of £40,000 into your pension in one or more of the previous three years.

How much can I pay into a pension?2021-04-09T10:58:48+01:00

You can currently pay up to £40,000 per tax year into a pension or as much you want to in a tax year providing it is less than £40,000.

Do I have to be working to start a pension?2021-01-16T15:53:28+00:00

No, but if you are not working you can only pay in £3,600 per tax year.

How old must I be to start paying into a pension?2021-04-09T10:59:45+01:00

There is no minimum age; a pension can be started for a new born baby?

Can I have more than one pension?2021-04-09T11:00:22+01:00

Yes, you can have as many pensions as you like as long as you don’t pay more than the maximum allowed per year into their combined funds.

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