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ISA Explained

An ISA is a special type of account in which every eligible adult can save and invest tax-efficiently each tax year. Currently, the limit is 11,880 (5,940 in a Cash ISA).

You will benefit from tax-free interest if you choose a Cash ISA. Download our free guide to Cash ISAs. Stocks and Shares ISAs are tax-efficient, they are not completely tax free.


Investment limits

Type of ISA
Investment Limits (from 6 April 2014) Cash Stocks & Shares
All ISA customers Up to 5,940 with one provider Up to 11,880 with the same or another provider
Minimum opening Age 16 18

Investment examples

Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
Start of tax year (from 6 April) You can save 5,940 in a Cash ISA  You can save 2,940 in a Cash ISA Set up 750 monthly Direct Debit into Stocks and Shares ISA = 9,000 invested over the tax year
During the same tax year You can invest 5,940 in a Stocks and Shares ISA You can save another 3,000 in the same Cash ISA plus you can invest 5,940 in a Stocks and Shares ISA with another provider You can save 2,880 into a Cash ISA with another provider
Total Invested 11,880 11,880 11,880

 

Eligibility for ISA accounts

To qualify for one of our Cash ISAs, you must be 16 or over and resident in the UK for tax purposes, or be a qualifying Crown employee, married to or in a civil partnership with a qualified Crown employee.

Your right to cancel ISA accounts

If you open an ISA and then change your mind within 14 days, you may cancel your subscription and we will give you your money back with any interest it has earned. We will not apply any notice period or charge. You can then open another ISA in the same tax year if you wish.

Should you wish to cancel your subscription within this period, please write to the branch or agency where you opened your account or call 0845 1200 898.

Barnsley Building Society Cash ISAs

Our Cash ISAs are designed for money that you may wish to access in the short or medium term to suit different needs.

And don’t forget that once you’ve invested up to your maximum allowance for the tax year, we have other savings options for your short and longer-term savings goals.

Stocks and Shares ISAs

These types of ISAs are best suited to money you can leave untouched for at least five years or more. Stocks and Shares ISAs are available through our association with Legal & General. To discuss your needs with a Legal & General financial consultant contact your local branch .

Stakeholder Standards

These are guidelines set by the Government to make it easier for you to identify simple, low-cost savings products.

For example, for a Cash ISA, Stakeholder Standards mean:

  • There are no account charges
  • The minimum investment is not more that 10
  • Withdrawals can be made in 7 working days or less and there is no limit on the number of withdrawals.
  • They provide a variable interest rate guaranteed to be no lower that 1% below the Bank of England base rate.

None of the ISA's the Society provides or the ISA available through the Guaranteed Investment Account offered in association with Credit Suisse International currently meets the Stakeholder Standards.

However, a Stakeholder Standard ISA may not necessarily be more suitable than a non-stakeholder standard ISA. It simply shows that the product meets all of the Government's criteria.

Please contact us if you are unsure which ISA is right for you.

Transferring ISA allowances

You can transfer some or all of your money saved in Cash ISAs in previous tax years into a Cash ISA and/or Stocks and Shares ISA without affecting your annual ISA allowance.

You can also transfer money saved in a Cash ISA for the current tax year into different ISAs with the same or a different provider, although you can only hold one of each type of ISA for each tax year.

If you choose to transfer your Cash ISA for the current tax year into a Stocks and Shares ISA, you must transfer the whole amount saved in that tax year. You can then save up to the remaining balance of your ISA allowance in the same Stocks and Shares ISA, or you could open a new Cash ISA.

 

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