- Individual saving account, commonly known as ISA is a saving account that allows you to save tax.
- The amount of money you can invest in ISAs changes every tax year, and for the tax years 2021/22 and 2022/23, the ISA allowance is £20,000.
- If you have a flexible ISA account, you can easily withdraw money at any time without forfeiting your tax benefit.
An Individual Saving Account, commonly known as ISAs, is a saving account that allows you to save taxes. These accounts were introduced with a motive to encourage investing and saving in Britons. The popular instrument to save for the future is available for the citizens of the UK.
There are different types of ISAs, including Cash ISA, Stocks and shares ISA, Lifetime ISA, Innovative ISA and Junior cash ISA, that are offered by banks, insurers, building societies, National Saving and Investments (NS&I), and asset managers.
However, the amount of money you can invest in your ISA is set according to your ISA allowance, which changes every tax year. For the tax years 2021/22 and 2022/23, the ISA allowance is £20,000. Also, you can split your allowance across different types of ISAs.
Can you withdraw money out of your ISA?
Yes, you can easily withdraw money out of your ISA at any time without forfeiting your tax benefit, and if you don’t have any money left in your ISA, you may sell your investments and wait for the money to settle before withdrawing.
However, some providers and ISA may charge penalties or fees for withdrawing money, so before opening ISA, it’s advisable to always check the terms and conditions carefully.
The money withdrawn from ISA, in many cases, is tax-free and the amount withdrawn is not required to be put in any income tax forms.
What happens when you make a withdrawal from ISA?
If your ISA is not flexible, withdrawing money may affect your annual ISA allowance, as flexible ISAs allow you to withdraw money and put it back during the same tax year without upsetting the allowance for that tax year.
However, in the case of non-flexible ISA, if you reach the ISA limit and then draw money, you can’t put it back during the same tax year.
For example, if you have a £20,000 ISA allowance during the tax year 2022/23 and you take out £6,000 from your ISA, you have the option to deposit the £6,000 before the end of the tax year in a flexible ISA. So always check before you withdraw any money out of ISA as not all providers offer flexible ISA.
Lifetime ISAs, Junior ISAs, and any element of stocks and shares ISAs that are either share, bonds, or funds, but not cash do not allow withdrawal of money without affecting their allowance.
How long does it take to withdraw money from ISA?
It is to be noted that withdrawing money from Cash ISA is quicker than withdrawing from stocks and shares ISAs. As money withdrawn from cash ISA takes one or a maximum of two days to be in your bank account, whereas withdrawing from stocks and shares ISA may take three to seven days as it has to go through settlement process on the sale of shares and other securities.
So, this needs to be kept in mind that if you require your money from your Stocks and Shares ISA at a particular date, it is better to make a withdrawal request 7-8 days in advance to make sure it’s processed by the time you need it. Also, market fluctuations can impact your withdrawals, if you have not made an advance withdrawal request ahead of your need.