ISA becomes NISA for savers
Pensions were not the only savings plans to see a boost from the Budget. ISAs received a welcome increase to the maximum annual investment level.
The Chancellor revealed several welcome ISA surprises, all due to take effect from 1 July 2014. However, as with the pension reforms, not every provider is likely to be up and running on day one:
- All ISAs will become New ISAs (NISAs).
- The overall annual investment limit will rise to £15,000 for 2014/15, an increase of £3,120 over the figure announced last December.
- For Junior ISAs (JISAs), the contribution limit will increase to £4,000 a year.
- New subscriptions can be split in any proportion you choose between cash NISAs and stocks and shares NISAs. If you wish, you can place your entire £15,000 subscription in a cash NISA, not – as previously – a maximum of 50% of the overall limit.
- You can transfer your stocks and shares NISA into a cash NISA. A move in the opposite direction has long been possible, but as a one way ISA trip.
- The investment rules for stocks and shares will be relaxed, allowing you to invest in funds, such as short-dated bond funds, which are currently ineligible for stocks and shares ISAs.
- The 20% flat rate of tax on cash interest earned within stocks and shares ISAs will be abolished.
This is a good time to review your existing ISA investments and decide where your 2014/15 contributions should be invested. If you have cash ISAs, you could consider switching them to stocks and shares NISAs, knowing that you can now return to a cash NISA at a later date. You would lose the capital security that deposits provide, but you could significantly increase the income your (N)ISA provides and have scope for capital growth.
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