The midnight hour is upon us! To get a tax-free target ISA yield of over 7 per cent, the time for investors to act is now, or lose £20,000-worth of extremely valuable investment benefit. See the article below, from the Daily Express.
Savers are running out of time to add to their tax-free accounts, known as Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs), before the deadline at midnight on April 5.
The date marks the end of the 2017/18 tax year. If savers miss the deadline, they lose their unused allowance for the past tax year.
Once midnight chimes on April 5, your £20,000 allowance for the 2017/18 tax year will disappear...Each tax year Britons get an ISA allowance, which is the largest amount that they can save in cash and investment ISAs.
The maximum amount that could be saved during the 2016/17 tax year was £15,240.
Now, the annual £20,000 allowance is now so generous that people do not think there is a pressing need to use it, as they can always use next year's instead.
Savings which remain in an ISA year-on-year will continue to reap tax-free benefits until withdrawn from the account.
We currently have three loan offerings live on the site. They are rated A+ or A – the two best risk ratings – and have a fixed return of 8 per cent or an indicative return (suggested bid rate in the auction) of the same amount. A gross yield of 8 per cent equates to a return of 7 per cent net of our fees. If you invest via our Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (ISA – see below for a step-by-step guide to how this works) you will receive the income tax-free.
All loans on site are eligible for inclusion in a Money&Co. ISA. If you do not have a Money&Co. ISA yet, please click on the ISA application tab on the Home page and fill in the form. You will need your National Insurance number. The ISA allowance for 2017/18 is £20,000 and you must commit funds by midnight on 5 April or you will lose your ISA allowance for this year. For full detail on the process, see below.
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.
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...