The end of the tax year is approaching. For investors who want to enjoy the tax-free advantages of the Individual Savings Account (ISA), the waiting is over. Now, it's very much a case of use it or lose it. Monies must be committed by 5 April – if not, the opportunity is lost for good.
The ISA allowance for 2017/18 is £20,000 per person. If you do not have a Money&Co. ISA, please consider opening one. It takes a few minutes to fill in the application form online. Or you can do it all by post (see foot of page). If you hold loans in an ISA wrapper, you will receive the interest completely tax-free. Money&Co.'s registered lenders have achieved an average return of over 7 per cent (net of our one per cent fee) in over three and a half years. That translates into a tax-free income of over £1,400 per annum for those taking advantage of the full allowance.
Over the next few weeks, we expect to see a big influx of new money to lend ahead of the end of the tax year and there will be a number of loan offers posted on the site.
A Process Guide To Innovative Finance ISA Investment
Our offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable.
So here's our guide to the process:
The ISA allowance for 2018/19 is unchanged from last tax year at £20,000, allowing a married couple to put £40,000 into a tax-free environment. Over three years, an investment of this scale in two Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISAs would generate £8,400 of income completely free of tax. We're assuming a 7 per cent return, net of charges and free of tax here.
Once you have made your initial commitment, you might then consider diversifying - buying a spread of loans. To do this, you can go into the "loans for sale" market. All loans bought in this market also qualify for IFISA tax benefits.
Risk: Security, Access, Yield
Do consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment.We write regularly about these three key factors. Here's an earlier article on security, access and yield.
If you haven't made a loan via Money&Co. before, please read the risk warnings and the FAQ section. You may also wish to consult a financial adviser before making an investment. Capital is at risk, once loaned.
Applying For An ISA By Post
It's relatively easy to logon to our site and register to become a lender. But if that's all too new-fangled, you can call us on 020 3143 4004 or write to Money&Co., 58 Glentham Road, London SW13 9JJ. We'll then send you an ISA Brochure, and ISA Transfer Authority form (if you want to transfer monies from a Cash ISA) and a Freepost envelope. Then it's just a question of following your nose to get that income...