ISA Stocks & Shares ISA


Stocks and Shares ISA

What are Stocks and Shares ISAs?

Stocks and Shares ISAs can be seen as an tax-free investment vehicle in the equity market. With a stocks and shares ISA, you can invest in a wider range of funds, collective funds, gilts, company shares, government bonds and etc.

Who is Stocks and Shares ISAs for?

It is a government rule that you must be over 18 and be a UK resident to apply for such an ISA. If you see yourselves to be investors or willing to take certain levels of risks , Stocks and Shares ISAs can be a genuinely good financial product for you. However, you should be prepared to put your money in a fund for over a long period of time.  Stocks and Shares ISAs are not for everyone, but can be for everyone who has spared money and wants to make an investment. In particular, Stocks and Shares ISAs are believed to be ideal for higher taxpayers.

What are the key benefits of Stocks and Shares ISAs?

  • Stocks and shares ISAs enables you avoid paying too much tax.
  • You do not have to declare any of your investment income to the Government.
  • Higher rate taxpayers do not have to pay the additional income tax on equity income
  • You have the flexibility to choose what types of equity you can invest your money in.
  • The return on investment will be better than a simple savings account or pension plan.

How much can I invest in Stocks and Shares ISAs?

You can invest up to the full capacity of your annual allowance of £11,280 for ISAs. Or you can mix and match with your Cash ISAs, which means once you have saved some money in your Cash ISAs, the remaining balance of the £11,280 can be invested in your Stocks and Shares ISAs.

Are stocks and shares ISAs tax-free?

It is wrong to assume that stocks and shares ISAs are completely tax-free. Depending on what type of equities you invest in, once your investment income reaches a high level in your stocks and shares ISA, you will be eligible for paying 10% credit deduction. It is only completely tax-free when if you invest in interest-bearing investment.

If you are investing in certain types of interest-generating equities such as corporate bonds and government gilts, the income you will earn is completely free of tax.

Although some types of equities such as unit trust will be taxed to some extent, the credit reduction will be taken before you have earned the income. As a result, there is no need to declare your investment income to the taxman within a stocks and shares ISA.

Is there a fee for opening a Stocks and Shares ISA?

You should expect to be charged by financial advisors to cover admin cost and the salary of fund managers. The fees normally come in a small percentage of your investment in stocks and shares ISA.

Can I transfer my Cash ISAs into Stocks and Shares ISAs?

You are able to transfer your money in a Cash ISA into your Stocks and Shares ISA at any time. Having said that, you should be aware that you can only transfer the whole amount of your current year’s cash ISA allowance into your stocks and shares ISAs. Alternatively, you can transfer any amount of money from your savings in Cash ISAs which are brought forward from the previous years into your Stocks and Shares ISAs without counting down your annual allowance.

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