ISAs are basically a tax-free wrapper for savings and investment products, which enable you to put away a set amount of money in any tax year to April. With other savings products, basic rate tax payers are looking at 20% tax, while high rate payers are looking at 40%. On 1st July 2014, the government changed ISAs to New ISAs (NISAs) to take into account of subscription limits and flexibility of how you can invest your money between cash, stocks and shares or a combination of both. New ISA annual allowance for the tax year 2015/2016 was £15,240. You will be able to split the amount you pay into an ISA between a Cash NISA and a Stocks and Shares NISA as you choose – up to the new overall annual NISA limit.
There are two types of ISA, these are: Cash ISA: These offer a safe way of saving money in the short-term and are usually taken through banks and building societies. You only need to be 16 years old to open one of these. Cash ISA savers can also transfer money saved in their Cash ISA to a Stocks and Shares ISA. Stocks and Shares ISA: These may involve investment funds; unit trusts, shares, bonds, as well as life insurance policies, and are usually taken through an investment company. As with any investment, there is a risk that you may not get all your money back.