As we approach the end of the 2017/18 tax-year, thoughts inevitably turn to end of year tax planning and any unused allowances (ISA, Pensions etc.) that may be available.
The ISA allowance for 2017/18 is £20,000 and if you have not made a subscription (or perhaps you have only made a part subscription), there is still time to use this allowance, if you have the funds available.
Since 6th April 2016, in addition to the subscription, it has been possible to top-up ISAs by any amounts withdrawn during the tax-year, including any charges deducted. This means that even if you have not made a subscription this year but have ISAs from previous years, your personal ISA Allowance may be more than £20,000 because of charges deducted during the year. If you made a subscription at the beginning of the tax-year, you may still have a residual allowance left because of these deductions which can be utilised by 5th April 2018.
If you have a Standard Life Wrap Account, the scope for top-up (in addition to any unused subscription) does not apply, unless you take physical withdrawals from your ISA. This is because Standard Life deduct ISA charges from the cash held in your Portfolio and not from the ISA itself.
If you have a Transact Wrap Account and you would like to know your personal ISA allowance for the remainder of the 2017/18 tax year, you can access this information on the Transact website. From your home page, select reports and from the drop-down menu, select ISA Subscriptions.
If you would like to use the balance of your allowance before 5th April, please ensure you advise us of your intentions before the end of March; we will be very pleased to assist. If your ISA is with Transact, please give us as much notice as possible, as a form may be required, if you have not made a subscription since Tax year 2016/17.
Just for information, the ISA Allowance for 2018/19 will remain £20,000 each, so £40,000 per couple.
If you have any concerns or questions about the above or indeed any other finance related matter, please do not hesitate to call me at any time.
With best wishes,
Graham Ponting CFP Chartered MCSI