All the information you'll need on the ISA deadline 2023/2024, as well as your ISA allowance.
The ISA deadline is at midnight on 5th April.
Savers have until this time to add to their tax-free savings accounts. If savers miss this deadline, they lose any unused allowance for that tax year.
UK residents get an ISA allowance for each tax year. This dictates exactly how much you can save in a tax-free cash or investment ISA. At the end of each tax year, the ISA allowance is reset.
This is why the end of each tax year is known as the ISA deadline. In the UK, the tax year runs from 6th April to midnight on 5th April.
Every UK resident over the age of 16 has the same cash ISA allowance. The allowance for the tax year 2023/2024 is £20,000. The only exception to this is young adults who are aged 16 and 17, who have an additional Junior ISA limit of £9,000.
You can save up to £20,000, tax-free, into any combination of permitted ISAs.
For example, you may choose to spread your savings across a cash ISA or stocks and shares. Any interest you earn on your savings doesn’t count towards your Personal Savings Allowance.
Before April 2016, any money withdrawn from your ISA still counted towards your allowance, even if it was replaced.
For example, if you were to deposit £15,000 into your ISA and then withdraw £4,000, the amount you could deposit into your account during that same tax year was only £5,000.
This is because the £4,000, even though it’s been withdrawn, has swallowed up some of your tax-free allowance.
Fortunately, ISA flexibility introduced a little wiggle room. Now you can withdraw and replace money into your ISA without it counting towards your annual allowance.
However, you should always consult your ISA provider to check that they offer flexibility, and whether they charge a fee for early withdrawals. This is often the case for fixed rate ISAs.
It is a condition that the money be reinvested with the same ISA provider and within the same tax year as the withdrawal.
If you have more questions about ISAs and a chat would help put your mind at rest, why not pop in to your local branch so we can talk you through your options?
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