top of page

A revamp for individual Savings Accounts

From 6 April 2024, individual savings account (ISA) rules will be changing, mostly for the better.

In April, ISAs will celebrate their 25th birthday. However, the ISA was hardly a new-born back in 1999, as it was effectively a reworking of two previous tax-favoured savings plans – the personal equity plan (PEP) and tax exempt special savings account (TESSA).

Over the years, successive governments have tweaked the ISA rules and added new variants so now there are arguably five types of ISA:

·    Cash ISA;

·    Stocks and shares ISA;

·    Innovative Finance ISA;

·    Lifetime ISA; and

·    Junior ISA.

In addition, there are Help to Buy ISAs that can no longer be opened, although contributions can be made to existing accounts until November 2029.

Ahead of last November’s Autumn Statement, there were plenty of rumours about how the Chancellor would reform and revitalise ISAs, including an increase to the £20,000 overall subscription limit, frozen since April 2017. In the event, Mr Hunt left subscription limits untouched, but made some useful administrative changes, due to take effect from 6 April 2024:

·    It will be possible to make multiple subscriptions to the same type of ISA in a tax year. Currently the rule is one ISA of each type, each tax year.

·    Partial transfers of current tax year ISAs will be possible. At present, the entire subscription must be transferred.

·    You will no longer need to complete a new ISA application for an existing ISA that received no subscription in the previous tax year.

·    The range of investments for the Innovative Finance ISA will be extended.

There will also be discussions with ISA managers about allowing fractional shares within ISAs, a hot topic for some ISA investors who want to hold US technology company shares. Such companies often have a ‘lumpy’ share price – Apple shares cost over £150 each.

A downside change from 6 April is that 16- and 17-year-olds will no longer be able to invest up to £20,000 in a Cash ISA, as well as being eligible for a £9,000 Junior ISA.

The single and possibly most significant ISA incentive that the Chancellor did not mention is that from April both the dividend allowance and the capital gains tax (CGT) annual exemption will halve (to £500 and £3,000 respectively). ISAs remain free of UK income tax and CGT.

Articles on this website are offered only for general informational and educational purposes. They are not offered as and do not constitute financial advice. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking advice from a professional. Past performance is not a guide to future performance and may not be repeated. Capital is at risk; investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise.

Approved by Best Practice IFA Group on 03/01/2024. 


Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Search By Tags
No tags yet.
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
bottom of page