Most investors understand that when we invest to see our money grow, we usually do so over the longer-term. This means that our ‘not-so-secret’ ingredient when investing is time. So why then do many investors wait until the end of the tax year to utilise their annual ISA allowance? Lots of us know that the early bird catches the worm, but apparently not when it comes to our ISAs.
You can now invest £20,000 for the 2019/20 tax year and choose between either a Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or a mixture of the two. There are also other types of ISAs including the Junior ISA and Lifetime ISA, but for now I’d like to focus on both the Cash and Stocks & Shares ISA types.
Here are four quick reasons why you should start maximising your ISA allowance today and not wait until March 2020:
When we invest for the longer-term, we do so knowing that we need time for our investments to hopefully grow and also to recover from any short-term market volatility and/or challenging market conditions.
By investing at the start of the tax year, your monies can benefit from any market growth throughout the tax year, rather than waiting until March next year and potentially missing out. It is important to remember that the value of your investment can, of course, go up or down.
Any gains made within an ISA are not subject to Capital Gains Tax, nor is any income you withdraw subject to Income Tax. This makes an ISA an attractive vehicle in which to invest.
You also retain the ability to transfer your ISA between Cash and Stocks & Shares at any time, without the amount that you transfer using any more of your ISA allowance. This gives you valuable flexibility in how you manage your ISA investments.
Cash and Stocks & Shares ISAs don’t need to be declared on your self-assessment tax return, thus saving you the time and hassle of keeping records and statements, ready to include them the next time you sit down to submit your return.
Unlike some other tax allowances, once a tax year ends you can’t use any unused ISA allowance from previous years. So essentially, you need to either use it or lose it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
And it really is that simple. If you’d like to learn more about your own options when it comes to making use of your ISA allowance, please contact Chris Moore, at Pinney Talfourd Wealth Management, today using the details below.
Remember that ISAs are just one of many different investment vehicles available to use in your long-term financial planning.
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