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Tax Year Deadline

Tax Year Deadline

8 February 2024

Tax Year Deadline

As we approach the end of the tax year on 5th April 2024, it is important to be mindful that this date marks the deadline for subscribing funds to your Individual Savings Account ("ISA") for the 2023-24 financial year. The annual ISA allowance for this tax year remains at £20,000, the level it has stood at since April 2017, offering individuals the opportunity to save up to this amount in a tax-efficient manner.

One of the significant advantages of holding funds in an ISA is the tax-free status of the interest earned on the cash within the account. Additionally, both income and capital gains derived from investments held in an ISA are exempt from taxation. This stands in stark contrast to funds held outside of an ISA wrapper, where interest on cash, income generated and gains from investments are all subject to tax above a certain allowance, depending on your individual tax rate.

The current Capital Gains Tax ("CGT") allowance for investors is relatively modest, standing at £6,000 for the 2023/24 tax year and reducing to £3,000 for the upcoming 2024/25 tax year. Given the limited allowance, there is a high likelihood that individuals may find themselves facing an increased tax burden on their gains. The forthcoming reduction in the CGT allowance implies that managing gains will become more intricate, necessitating a more incremental and prolonged approach to mitigate tax implications.

Fully subscribing to your ISA before the tax year concludes can serve as a strategic financial move to minimise your overall tax liability. By doing so, you take advantage of the tax-free status of interest on cash and shield both income and capital gains from investments within the ISA from taxation. This proactive approach can be particularly beneficial, considering the tightening CGT allowances in subsequent tax years, potentially resulting in higher tax obligations for those who don’t take full advantage of their annual ISA allowance.

In essence, subscribing your ISA to its maximum limit before the tax year-end not only allows you to make the most of the current £20,000 annual allowance but also acts as a prudent tax planning strategy. It protects against potential future increases in tax liabilities, especially in the context of diminishing CGT allowances. As the deadline approaches, taking advantage of your ISA allowance could prove to be a crucial step in optimising your financial portfolio and securing a more tax-efficient future.

Find out more about Walker Crips' Stocks and Shares ISAs.

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