Income ISAs

Income ISAs

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Income ISA

What is an income ISA?

An income ISA is a way of using your ISA allowance that aims to provide you with a regular tax-efficient income payment on your investment or savings. Income may be paid on a quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis, so you can choose an option to suit your savings goals.

Your ISA allowance for 2018/19 is £20,000 per person. You are permitted to invest all or part of this amount in an investment ISA, or part of this amount in a cash ISA and the remainder in stocks and shares.

What types of income ISA are available?

A wide range of income ISAs are available. You can select income funds covering all major geographical regions of the world, income funds with different investment risk profiles and growth objectives, including income equity funds, bond funds, property funds, specialist funds, and cash funds. Income ISAs offer you the flexibility to make the most of your ISA allowance in a way that suits you.

You can choose from income funds that invest in equities or funds that invest in corporate bonds. If you’re looking to earn an income from your investment then there is a wide range of income fund ISAs that can help you to reach your investment goals.

Another option for those who are seeking income is a structured deposit plan. These are plans with a defined term, typically 3 to 6 years, which offer a rate of return that’s defined at the outset. The plans are usually linked to stock market performance.

A income ISA might suit you if:

  • You want to use your ISA allowance to maximise your potential for income from your investments, especially at this time of low interest rates. The money you invest in an income ISA can offer the potential for tangible tax savings.
  • You want to hold shares and increase your ISA amount over the long term – capital gains are 100% tax-free when held in an ISA.
  • You’re looking to invest for the medium to long term – investment-based ISA accounts generally perform better over time than cash-based accounts.
  • You’re saving with your retirement in mind. Many people use their yearly ISA allowance to invest in income-yielding plans – the result of which can generate a tax-free income during retirement. In fact, recent data shows that savers are now putting more money into ISAs than into pension schemes.
  • You want to combine a straightforward, tax-free cash savings account with the benefit of regular income payments.

An income ISA might not suit you if:

  • You’re only saving for a short-term goal. Because the income on your ISA pays out at regular intervals – for example, once a year – you may miss out on the benefits of this if you withdraw earlier. If you do decide to use an income ISA for a short-term savings goal, make sure you choose one that pays out income at more frequent intervals, such as once every quarter.
  • Your first priority is to establish an emergency fund that you can easily access if something unexpected occurs. In this case, an instant access cash ISA might be more suited to your requirements.
Invest From
£20 per month or £100 single
Fund Choice
Managed, Tracker or Self-Select
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Legal & General has over 9 million customers in the UK, and over £1trillion of assets under their management (as at 31st December 2018). Their Stocks & Shares ISA offers a wide range of investment options, whether you want ready-made funds, low cost index trackers, or the ability to pick your own. You can invest up to £20,000 this tax year, with a low minimum of £100 lump sum or £20 per month, and you can manage your account easily online. Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital at risk. Charges may apply.  Tax rules may change in the future and whether particular tax rules benefit you, will depend on your individual circumstances. ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.

Invest From
£50 per month
Fund Choice
Over 140 providers and 3,000 investment options
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Invest from as little as £50 a month or with a £1,000 lump sum. Investment choice from over 140 fund providers, giving you access to 3,000 investment options. One low-cost service fee of 0.35%. Great service – from investment guidance on website through to UK-based phones team. PathFinder, Select 50, Investment Finder – investing tools for beginners to advanced investors. 24/7 access via online Account Management system.

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital at risk. Charges may apply.  Tax rules may change in the future and whether particular tax rules benefit you, will depend on your individual circumstances. ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.

Invest From
£25 per month
Fund Choice
2,000 + funds
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA & Non-ISA Options

Why we like it: Wide range of investment funds to help you build a diversified portfolio across geographic markets, industry sectors or asset classes. You can invest in AJ Bell Passive funds, or choose from the recommended active and tracker funds on the Favourite funds list. Or, you can browse our extensive funds universe. Deal online and on the go with our free mobile app. Free subscription to Shares magazine if your balance is £4,000 or more

Invest From
£25 per month or £100 single
Fund Choice
2,500+ funds
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA & Non-ISA Options

Why we like it: Choose your own funds or alternatively a ready made portfolio. Market-beating savings and discounts of up to 5.5%. No charge to buy and sell funds. Low, tiered annual charges for holding funds, with a maximum of just 0.45% per annum. Free fund updates and analysis from experienced research team. Invest with a financially secure, FTSE 100 company.

Invest From
£25 per month or £100 single
Fund Choice
40,000+ UK and global stocks
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: An award-winning ISA that gives you complete control. The second largest platform in the UK with the widest choice of investment options in the market including funds, investment trusts, ETF’s and more. Open online in less than 10 minutes. Access to expert independent ideas and analysis. Low cost fees and trading

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital at risk. Charges may apply.  Tax rules may change in the future and whether particular tax rules benefit you, will depend on your individual circumstances. ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.

Invest From
£500 single
Fund Choice
Discretionary Investment Management
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Get an intelligent stocks & shares ISA portfolio – Choose a portfolio that’s fully managed by our expert team or a fixed allocation portfolio. No tie-ins, no set-up fees, no exit charges. Easy, online set up in minutes. Start with as little as £500. Portfolio management fees of 0.45%-0.75% up to £100k. 0.25%-0.35% beyond £100k. There are also underlying investment charges, see our fees page. Plus, live chat, amazing customer support and brilliant investor tools and guides. Authorised and regulated by the FCA. Capital at risk. ISA rules apply

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital at risk. Charges may apply.  Tax rules may change in the future and whether particular tax rules benefit you, will depend on your individual circumstances. ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.

Invest From
£50 per month or £500 single
Fund Choice
Choice of Funds from Scottish Friendly
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Invest from only £10 a month, lump sums from just £100 or a combination of both using your tax-free Investment ISA allowance. You can stop, restart, raise or lower your payments or your investments and cash in whenever you want. Choice of investing in one easy choice fund ISA, or a selection of nine different fund ISA’s. Your money will be invested in a policy within a Scottish Friendly ISA which will then invest in a choice of funds from Scottish Friendly including stock market and bond funds.

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital at risk. Charges may apply.  Tax rules may change in the future and whether particular tax rules benefit you, will depend on your individual circumstances. ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.

Invest From
£30 per month or £500 single
Fund Choice
With-Profits Fund
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: You don’t have to make any tricky investment decisions; your money will be invested in Shepherds With Profits Fund, and the bonuses you could receive will depend on the future performance of the fund. To try to achieve higher returns for you, your money is invested in a variety of assets, the majority of which consist of stocks and shares, but also property, bonds and cash. While returns are not guaranteed in stocks and shares investments and the value can go down as well as up, Shepherds apply a process known as ‘smoothing’ that attempts to even out fluctuations in the value and aims to keep a consistent level of bonus payments.

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital at risk. Charges may apply.  Tax rules may change in the future and whether particular tax rules benefit you, will depend on your individual circumstances. ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.

An investment ISA is simply where you use your annual ISA allowance (currently £20,000 in 2019-20) to invest in non cash assets such as shares, investment trusts, open-ended investment companies (OEICs), life insurance policies, corporate bonds, and gilts.

An investment ISA, as with all investments, involves an element of risk, so it’s important that you are comfortable with this and you are in a sufficiently stable financial position. If you are unsure you should seek independent financial advice.

Before you open an investment ISA, make sure that:

  • Your debts are under control – you’ve either paid them off or have affordable arrangements in place to do so.
  • You have emergency savings that you can access easily if something unexpected occurs – if your car breaks down or you’re made redundant, you’ll need savings that you can use straight away.

If you’re very new to saving and don’t yet have a basic emergency fund, you may find that a cash ISA is more suitable for you at this stage. Once you’ve built up some accessible savings in this way, you might then want to consider an investment ISA.

 

  • You should be prepared to invest for the medium to long term with a investment ISA – for example, for five years or more.
  • If you think you might require access to your cash in the next couple of years, a investment ISA may not be the right choice for you. Share prices can be volatile – and so if you were to withdraw your investment in the next twelve to eighteen months, you could end up with less money than you started with.
  • Different investment ISAs have different investment options. These range from as little as £10 per month (e.g. through a fund) to a specified minimum investment (e.g. £500).
  • Some ISA providers will give you online access to your account, allowing you to see the investment performance of your ISA and keep up to date with any charges incurred.
  • If your investment ISA isn’t performing as well as you’d like, you will usually be permitted to transfer it another provider. To do this, speak to your new ISA manager who will arrange the transfer, allowing you to avoid losing any tax benefits by withdrawing your cash.
  • You can transfer shares you get from an HMRC-approved SAYE (save as you earn) scheme run by your employer, or a share incentive plan, into a investment component of an ISA without incurring capital gains tax, up to your annual ISA allowance.
  • You will not be able to transfer any existing non-ISA shares, or shares you’ve inherited, into an investment ISA.
  • With an investment ISA, there is greater long-term growth potential than a cash ISA – however, bear in mind that the value of your investment can go down as well as up.
  • If you have an investment ISA from a previous tax year, you’re permitted to move this into a current investment ISA or split it between more than one investment ISA.
  • If you want to open a Junior ISA (JISA) for your child, you can also invest in investment on their behalf up to a maximum of £4,368.

 

A stocks and shares ISA acts as a tax-efficient ‘wrapper’ for your investments, allowing you invest up to a set amount per year (currently £20,000 for the 2019/20 tax year) while paying a reduced amount of tax on any investment income you make.

Your personal allowance for a stocks and shares ISA is £20,000 for the 2019/20 tax year. Investing this amount would use up your full ISA allowance, but if you prefer, you can divide your ISA allowance between a cash ISA and a stocks and shares ISA.

You could, for example, put some of your allowance in a cash ISA and the remaining balance can be invested in stocks and shares.

When considering a stocks and shares ISA, bear in mind that tax treatment may vary and is subject to change in the future.

You can switch your investments within the stocks and shares ISA, or transfer your ISA to another provider without it affecting your allowance for that tax year.

To transfer a stocks and shares ISA from one provider to another, speak to the new provider, who will arrange it on your behalf.

Different stocks and shares ISA providers offer different levels of risk, as well as varying potential returns. Some are focused on specific types of asset, while others are more varied.

If you want the opportunity to spread your investments around different areas – and thus avoid putting all your eggs in one basket – you could choose a stocks and shares ISA provider that specializes in diverse portfolio management.

One of the key advantages of a stocks and shares ISA is that it can offer the potential to deliver higher returns than a cash ISA, especially if you plan to hold it over the long term.

Holding a stocks and shares ISA for a longer period of time increases your chances of riding out fluctuations in the market.

If you’re looking to hold your investment for at least five years, and are happy to take on a level of risk, then a stocks and shares ISA might be a suitable choice for you.

However, stocks and shares ISAs don’t provide the same level of security as cash ISAs. If you’re saving for the short term, need easy access to your money, can’t afford to risk your capital, or are simply risk-averse, then a stocks and shares ISA probably won’t be suitable for you.

As with all financial decisions, it’s best to seek independent advice if you’re unsure.

If a stocks and shares ISA isn’t the right choice for you, we also provide access to a leading range of cash ISAs.

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Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.