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Stocks & Shares ISA Trading Account

What is an Individual Savings Account (ISA)?

Individual Savings Account (ISA) is a tax free savings vehicle, which means that the money you put in will grow tax free (with the exception of tax credits on dividends). Your returns will be completely free of income or capital gains tax and do not need to be declared on your tax return. ISAs are available to people who are resident in the UK for tax purposes. 

What is Stocks & Shares ISA Trading Account?

Stocks & Shares ISA Trading Account allows you to invest tax efficiently in funds, ETFs investment trusts and UK shares.

Who is the ISA Manager?

The ISA Manager is James Brearley & Sons, of PO Box 34, Walpole House, Unit 2, Burton Road, Blackpool, FY4 4WX. James Brearley & Sons is a Member of the London Stock Exchange, Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and a Member of the Wealth Management Association.

Who can open Stocks & Shares ISA Trading Account?

Anyone over the age of 18 or who will be 18 during the tax year in which the ISA is opened, but only after their 18th birthday. You must also be UK resident for tax purposes. You can't open an account together with someone else, or on behalf of someone else.

How much can you put into an ISA?

You are able to invest up to £20,000 in a Stocks & Shares ISA or, if you have subscribed elsewhere to another type of ISA in the current tax year, you may subscribe the balance in a Stocks & Shares ISA. In subsequent years the allowance may alter.

You can withdraw cash from your Stocks and Shares ISA and replace it in part or in full without the replacement counting towards the annual ISA subscription limit providing the replacement is made into the same account and in the same tax year as the withdrawal.

You may transfer some or all of your money from another type of ISA, without affecting your current tax year limit.

Remember, tax depends on your individual circumstances and may change in the future.

Which investments can I invest in?

All investments available through your account will have been screened for both Ethical and Sharia compliance in accordance with the set criteria in the Ethical Investment Policy Statement. This document can be viewed on Simply Ethical website.

Subject to the screening restrictions that apply to your access to investments, the service enables you to transact in following investments:

  • UK Equities (Shares)
  • Investment Trusts
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • Open and Closed-ended Funds (e.g. Unit Trusts, OEICs)

What are the tax benefits of investing in Stocks & Shares ISA?

Broadly, the tax advantages are as follows:

  • You don't have to pay any capital gains tax on profits made from share price increases. Invest outside an ISA and any profits made above the annual capital gains tax allowance (£11,300 for 2017/18) would be subject to tax at 18% for basic rate taxpayers and 28% for higher rate and additional rate taxpayers. You make a profit when you sell a share for more than you bought it for.
  • You don’t have to pay any tax on dividends paid within ISA account. After using the dividend allowance, which is currently £5,000 (2017/18) the basic, higher and additional rate taxpayers have to pay tax at 7.5%, 32.5% and 38.1% respectively.
  • You do not have to include any information about your ISAs in your tax return.

You cannot use any losses in your ISA to set off against any gains elsewhere.

What are the charges?

There are no initial charges.

The annual administration charge is tiered within bands as follows:

  • 0.45% per annum for the first £250,000;
  • 0.25% per annum between £250,000 and £1m; and
  • 0.10% per annum above £1m.

This charge is subject to a minimum of £12.50 per quarter. This charge is calculated daily, based upon the value of your investments and charged to the account at quarterly intervals on 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December each year.

The online dealing or trading fee is £5.95 per trade. This applies every time you buy or sell unit trusts, OEICs, investment trusts, ETFs, VCTs and UK shares.

Please read our Charges Schedule for complete details. This is accessible through our website www.simplyethical.com or by contacting us.

What is the difference between Cash ISA and Stocks & Shares ISA?

Cash ISA is just like a basic savings account where you get a return based on an interest rate. With cash ISA no tax is taken from the interest you earn, meaning you can earn more from your savings. A stocks and shares ISA is a tax efficient investment where money buys bonds or shares in companies on the stock market. The aim of the investment is to grow your money using the potential growth opportunities, but there are no guarantees because the value can go down as well as up and the past performance of the investment is not a reliable guide to future. Choosing the right ISA for you depends very much on your approach to risk. If you want a low risk account, Cash ISAs could be for you. But if you want the opportunity to earn a higher return, you may want to consider Stocks and Shares ISA.

Can I have different ISAs?

You are limited on how many ISAs you can subscribe to in each tax year. You can only put money into one Cash ISA and/or one Stocks and Shares ISA and/or one Lifetime ISA and/or one Innovative Finance ISA and you must make sure you don't exceed the total ISA allowance for the tax year. The current tax year’s (2017/18) annual ISA allowance is £20,000.

Can I transfer ISAs held with other providers to Stocks & Shares ISA Trading Account?

You can transfer:

  • Your current year ISA subscriptions and/or
  • All or part of ISA subscriptions made in previous tax years

If your ISA contains current year subscriptions only, the entire account must be transferred. Alternatively, you could, for example, transfer your savings from the year before to the Stocks & Shares ISA Trading Account and leave your current tax year savings where they are.

How do I transfer my existing Stocks and Shares ISA to Simply Ethical?

To transfer your existing account, please complete our online account opening application and the transfer form.  

We only accept transfer in the form of cash.

Cash transfer means that your current investments will be sold and the cash transferred to your ISA for you to buy investments of your choice (subject, of course, to the ISA eligibility rules and the investments being available on our platform and satisfying our ethical investment criteria).

Please be aware that a cash transfer means:

  • You may lose out on investment growth while your investment is not invested during the transfer period.
  • You may incur charges when you purchase new investments to be held within your account with us.
  • You will not have access to your ISA until such time as the transfer is complete.

Can I transfer my Stocks & Shares ISA Trading Account to another ISA provider?

Yes, we will require a completed transfer authority form from your new ISA provider. We can make the transfer by cash or we can transfer your investment holdings direct to your provider without selling them. However, the way in which we transfer will be determined by your new ISA provider’s terms and conditions. Note that there may be transfer out charges. Please read our Charges Schedule for complete details. This is accessible through our website www.simplyethical.com or by contacting us.

Can I take money out of my ISA?

Yes, you can make withdrawals at any time. You can withdraw funds from your account, by accessing your online account. These will be paid directly to the nominated bank details held on file for you. We will normally pay withdrawals within three working days of our receipt of your instructions.

What happens to my ISA if I die?

When you die your spouse or civil partner can inherit your ISA savings and keep them with a tax-free status. The value of your ISA(s) will be calculated from the day you die. Your spouse or civil partner can apply to inherit your savings in the form of an allowance, which is also called an ‘Additional Permitted Subscription’ or APS allowance. Your spouse or civil partner’s own individual ISA allowance (£20,000 for 2017/18 tax year) will be unaffected.

You don’t have to leave your spouse or civil partner your money in your will for them to benefit from the APS allowance. Instead, you could leave the savings you have built up to someone else in your will, for example, one of your children, and your spouse or civil partner will still be able to apply for APS allowance. Their APS allowance would be up to the value of your ISA, although your spouse or civil partner would need to use their own money to save into it. The APS allowance is only allowed for death on or after 3 December 2014.   

What might I get back?

The amount you get back is not guaranteed and depends on a number of factors, such as:

  • How much you invested
  • The length of time you invested for
  • The performance of the investments you have chosen
  • How much our charges are
  • The amount of any withdrawals you have taken

Can I change my mind after I have subscribed to Stocks & Shares ISA Trading Account?

Yes. After we have opened your account we will confirm this in writing. You will then have 14 calendar days starting from the day you receive this to change your mind and cancel your account. If you decide to cancel, you should write to us at our registered address.

Once we have received your notification, we will give you your money back less any other payments, charges and fees in accordance with the Self Select Service Terms and Conditions. If your investments have fallen in value, you will get back less than you invested.

If you do not cancel your account it will continue in force in accordance with the Self Select Service Terms and Conditions.

Can I change my mind after I have requested a transfer of ISA to Simply Ethical?

The 14 day period also applies to ISA transfer requests, so provided you cancel within the 14 day period, you can either:

  • Transfer your ISA back to the original ISA provider, who is not obliged to accept the transfer back, or
  • Transfer your ISA to another ISA provider, or
  • Close your ISA and have the investments and/or proceeds returned to you

If you do not cancel your transfer request, it will continue in force in accordance with our Self Select Service Terms and Conditions.

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