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An ISA is a financial product available to residents in the United Kingdom. It is designed for the purpose of investment and savings with a favourable tax status.

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What is the definition of a “first time buyer” with relation to the UK “help to buy isa”?

I'm very interested in the soon to be released "help to buy isa". I'm unclear on the definition of a first time buyer. I have owned a house (with my ex wife) but I am no longer on this mortgage, ...
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What happens if I make an unintentional over payment into a UK Cash ISA?

I have a UK cash ISA, but have lost track of whether I have transferred all the money that I am allowed to for this tax year. What happens if I try to top up a cash ISA, when I have already used my ...
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When should one use the new lifetime ISA in place of investing in pension?

Assuming that I am not interested in purchasing a flat using lifetime ISA, is it ever advantageous for me to put money into it in place of a pension? Since lifetime ISA gives 25% tax relief on ...
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How does ISA allowance cumulate over time?

I don't understand how the ISA allowance cumulate (if it does) over time. Suppose I use the entire allowance for 2014. So I will have in the ISA 15k £. What happens in 2015? Suppose no P&L was ...
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How can I find a list of self-select stocks & shares ISA providers? [closed]

I am looking for a ISA provider where I can invest in the UK and the US stock market, has anyone got a list with charges and links. (ISA are only of interest to people that live in the UK)
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UK ISA - Can Only contribute to 1 provider a year?

HMRC has a rule that you can only pay into one stocks and shares isa in any given year. But what if I transfer this years part funded ISA to another provider. Can I continue to pay into the new ...
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Are you allowed to start paying into an ISA, transfer, and then pay into the new one?

As I understand it, you are only allowed to pay into a single Cash ISA in a given tax year. What I'm wondering is how that fits with transfers part way through the year? For example, if I open a new ...
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UK: ISA or regular savings account?

I am not a very savvy investor, am new to ISAs and was wondering: where would be the best place to put £10,000 right now (March 2014)? ISAs have tax benefits, but in general don't seem to beat ...
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Suggested ways to save for a comfortable retirment in the UK given the lifetime allowance limits on pensions?

I've heard the rumor that this March's UK Budget will lower the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) from £1M to £800k or even less. They might index this for inflation. That seems to me to be a pretty low ...
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My girlfriend has never owned a house, I have, can she get a help to buy isa?

this is a follow on from my previous question: What is the definition of a “first time buyer” with relation to the UK “help to buy isa”? So the Help to buy ISA has arrived. Having had a read though ...
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Student Loan versus Cash ISA

I have taken out a UK student loan several years back whilst studying, it was interest free at the time, but now a low interest of 1.5% APR has kicked in. I have scraped together enough to pay this ...
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Which is more advantageous: Lifetime ISA or SIPP?

I should preface that I am a self employed sole trader in my early twenties, and a basic rate taxpayer averaging somewhere between £28-32,000 per annum. The variation not only arises due to the nature ...
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US ISA equivalent for tax exempt investment & savings

In the UK you can put up to £11,520 per year into an Individual Savings Account (ISA). This account allows you to invest in stock, unit trusts, index funds etc. and all income and capital gains are ...
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Any US tax implications — transferring UK ISA balance to USA

My wife has an e-ISA in the UK, from her time living there. It is a savings ISA, not a shares ISA. It is earning very low interest. For ease, I'd like to transfer the money to our USA accounts so ...
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UK ISA status after moving to USA: Would the IRS charge tax on my ISA?

If I were to move from the UK to the USA and leave my tax-free savings accounts (ISA's) open in the UK, with the intention to returning to the UK after 2 years, what would the status of said ISA's be ...
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Lifetime ISA: What are the chances of a reputable Bank offering it?

Since the Lifetime ISA was announced I've been searching for a reputable bank that is going to be offering it out. It is a fantastic scheme and I would love to open an account. However, none of the ...
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Year end for ISAs, is it worth squeezing more in quickly?

I opened an ISA about a month back (only have £110 in it at the moment) Tax year ends on 5th April, I could afford to put £1000 in my ISA, I would be skint until the next payday at the end of April ...
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Starting an investment portfolio

I am looking to start an investment portfolio with around £1000 of my savings going into the stock market and was wondering how I would go about doing this. I would like to spread this money across a ...
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How much tax can you save in a UK ISA?

How much tax can you save if you invest £5100 in a UK ISA?
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Is it possible to trade in UK's investment ISA after moving abroad?

I am EU citizen and the resident in UK holding an investment ISA. I will be moving back to my home country this year and I was trying to find out whether I would still be able to trade in my ISA after ...
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Stocks and Shares ISA: What are the options for “near cash equivalents”?

What are the options in terms of 'near cash equivalents' that you can hold in a stocks and shares ISA?
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What are the tax implications of liquidizing an ISA holding? (UK)

In other words, what, if anything, stops honest taxpayers from filling up all of their stock&shares, and money ISAs, removing it from being a tax liability, then liquidizing it immediately?
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Best ISA alternative [closed]

I currently save everything to a standard bank ISA... It gets terrible interest rates (<1.0%) so I am looking for an alternative to the usual bank provided ISA. Right now I don't have the time or ...
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Are UK cash ISA's cumulative?

I have opened a Cash ISA recently and I don't seem to understand how they calculate the ISA earnings. So as an example, suppose I have a cash ISA maxed out at £5,940 (I know this is going up in July ...
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Investing in stocks & shares ISA- when to make deposits?

To start with, let me say that I am very new to investing- have no prior experience of it... Last year, I opened a stocks & shares ISA for the first time (it is a Lifetime ISA), and my intention ...
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do I need to close my existing ISA if I plan to open a “Help to buy ISA” in the Autumn?

I currently have a cash ISA. I'm very interested in the new Help to buy ISAs that are supposed to be arriving in the Autumn as I am saving in my existing ISA for a house. The interest rates are much, ...
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Does it make sense to invest in multiple index funds?

The UK based investor here. I haven't found anything under "Multiple index funds" search criteria thus decided to give it a go, if there is already a similar question/answer would love to get a link. ...
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UK ISA once invested can it be spilt but kept in ISA state

In the UK ISAs are protected from tax, both income and capital gains, and they can be transferred between investments. During the current tax year (2017/8) investments are capped at 20k a year. A ...
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What problem is the Help To Buy ISA designed to solve?

The Help To Buy ISA can't be used for the initial deposit on a house (or rather the Government bonus, the Help To Buy ISA's raison d'etre can't be). Given that saving the initial deposit is the ...
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Can I max out my LISA with one payment before the end of the tax year?

I was just wondering whether it would be possible to max out my LISA contributions (£4000) just before the end of the tax year (or any other time before the end of the tax year)? Would I still get the ...
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Can I open a Help To Buy ISA if I've already opened a cash ISA this year? Are all HTB ISAs Cash ISAs?

Suppose I've opened a cash ISA this tax year, and I top it up every month. It's not yet reached the yearly maximum of £15,240. As I understand it, I can't open a second cash ISA this tax year, but I ...
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Best way to make most of savings with ISA and Offset mortgage

I currently have an offset mortgage and also ISA stocks and shares account. The mortgage is only small as the property wasn't expensive and I placed a large deposit (40% of property) down. I have ...
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Can I open two cash ISAs in one year, or for new savings and one for transfer?

This is slightly different to my earlier ISA question, and relates to the current market conditions where best-buy ISAs often have 1 year bonuses, and may not accept transfers in. Consider the ...
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Can you consolidate ISAs from multiple places?

I have an ISA with company A, and company B, because they offered good rates at the times I opened the ISAs. I know it's possible to transfer an ISA, but can you transfer ISAs from multiple different ...
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Is there a trick with ISAs in the UK

I was looking on ISA faq on moneysavingexpert and I noticed the following: I do not understand the trick, say I put GBP100 on a 3% account and that ISA pays 1%. Can I NOT pay tax on the GBP3 I made ...
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Funds supermarkets transaction time frames - are all so vague?

When I was buying funds through fund supermarket time frames given were very vague. Trade was supposed to be executed at next "transaction point", without much description when is it. I am guessing ...
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HTB ISA/ Lifetime ISA - combining them to use for a house deposit

I opened a HTB ISA with Halifax (paying 3.5%), as soon as they became available in December 2015, and have been contributing the maximum amount since. I then opened a stocks & shares LISA (with ...
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Transferring cash ISA to S&S LISA

I currently have a fixed cash ISA which matures tomorrow. I also have a stocks and shares (S&S) ISA and a cash help to buy ISA, both of which I have paid into this tax year. I'm thinking about ...
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Any sane way to invest in both funds and stocks with UK ISA?

I wish to invest in both stocks and funds within an ISA. However the fund supermarkets all seem to charge an annual fee even on stocks. Yet there are stock trading isa accounts that have no fee. So I ...
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What is the market rate of non-cash ISA fund administration fee in UK?

A friend of mine suggested a plan that takes a 1% administration fee (from the assets deposited) regardless of the type of investment you make (stock, bond etc.). This sounded quite high from my ...
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Can I open a cash ISA and a stocks and shares ISA and invest in both in the same financial year?

I was wondering if that is possible because I am about to open a Cash ISA and I also want to invest in stocks this year.
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What happens when I move my ISAs?

I’m looking at opening an ISA (stock & shares), and I started wondering what happens with the perks (tax free) when I move ISA accounts around. For simplicity let's assume that ISA allowance is ...
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Advantages of opening an ISA account one week before 5th April

Are there any advantages of opening an ISA account before 5th April if I don’t plan to deposit any significant amount before that day?
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What happens to money in ISA after the tax year ends?

The Individual Savings Account scheme allows UK residents to save up to £20,000 tax-free each year in an ISA. The interest, income or capital gains from this account are tax-free. Suppose I have put £...
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“Help To Buy ISA” - £200/month a hard limit?

I have recently moved back in with my parents with a view of saving £500-600 a month to put towards a deposit on a house. I am looking at getting a Help To Buy ISA through one of the UK banking ...
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Any Drawbacks To Changing ISA

I currently have an isa that I have had for many years, the freedom of its movement has been a blessing. However I recently received notice that not only will the account no longer permit standing ...
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Cashing in a Self Selected Stocks & Shares ISA

If I wanted to cash in my ISA today, what taxes would I have to pay and what percentages would they be? I think that if the value of the ISA is about £10,600, only then would I have to pay capital ...
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Easiest way to diversify savings

Finance has always been a bit of a black art beyond current and savings accounts, so I'm hoping this makes sense. In light of the possibility of Britain leaving the EU (that isn't the actual reason, ...
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Stocks and Shares ISA: fees, taxes, portfolio size

Is an ISA of this kind worth it for a portfolio < £2000? If so, are Stocks and Shares ISAs subject to any not-so-obvious fees for someone without previous experience (i.e. overnight fees)?
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I make monthly payments into one ISA, does that mean that I can't pay into my other one in same year?

I was just reading that (in the UK) you can only pay into one of your owned ISAs per year. I have a Help To Buy ISA and a separate Stocks & Shares ISA. I pay the maximum contribution of £200 into ...