Put your ISA on the agenda in Q1

With the end of the tax year fast approaching (Monday 5 April), if you have cash that you don’t need to access in the short term and would like to use some or all of this year’s ISA allowance, don’t leave it too late and risk missing out on this opportunity to save tax-efficiently; remember you can’t carry any unused allowance over to the next tax year, so timing is important.

The ISA allowance for the 2020/21 tax year is £20,000 and if you’re thinking of saving tax-efficiently for a child, the Junior ISA annual limit is £9,000. You can put all the allowance into a cash ISA, or invest the whole amount into a stocks and shares ISA. You can also mix and match, putting some into cash and some into stocks and shares if you wish, as long as the combined amount doesn’t exceed your annual allowance.