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Cash ISA

Did you know you can invest in a cash ISA and pay no tax on the returns? Make sure to take advantage of your annual tax-free ISA allowance of up to £20,000. Some accounts also allow you to transfer in money invested in the previous tax year so you can maximise returns on all your tax-free savings.

 

You can open the accounts below through MoneySuperMarket. We can show you all the accounts on the market, but we can only help you to open some of them.

Easy Access Cash ISAs – Ordered by interest rate

Easy access tax-free ISAs let you take advantage of your annual ISA allowance, and you can still have instant access to your cash.

 

Leeds Building Society Leeds Building Society

Limited Issue Online Access ISA (Issue 7)

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Min/max opening amount

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Great for
  • Opening & managing your account online
  • Free withdrawals, with no penalties or restrictions
  • Available to new & existing customers
But be aware that
  • Rates are variable and can change at any time
  • Upon opening an account a minimum deposit of £1,000 is required
  • Maturity date of 1st December 2019
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Interest rate (AER)

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Account type

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Great for
  • Transferring existing ISA balances
  • Make multiple deposits up to the £20,000 annual allowance - or the full amount in one transaction
  • For new and existing customers
But be aware that
  • Lower rate of 0.75% AER for balances that fall below £500
  • Once fully funded any withdrawals cannot be replaced
  • Interest paid annually. You must be aged 18 or over and a UK resident.
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Paragon Bank Paragon Bank

Easy Access Cash ISA (Issue 3)

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Great for
  • No withdrawal restrictions
  • UK based bank with FSCS protection up to £85,000
  • A choice between monthly or annual interest
But be aware that
  • Online access only
  • You must be over 18 and a UK resident to open this account
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Ford Money Ford Money

Flexible Cash ISA

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Min/max opening amount

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Notice period

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Great for
  • You can replace any cash you withdraw from your ISA within the same tax year without it counting towards your annual ISA allowance (withdrawals and repayments are subject to individual product conditions)
  • Interest can be paid monthly or annually
  • Open an account with just £1 – maximum balance £2,000,000 (subject to the annual ISA allowance)
But be aware that
  • Tax-free means you are exempt from UK income tax on your interest. Tax treatment is dependent on the personal circumstances of each customer and may be subject to change in the future
  • Balances up to £85,000 (£170,000 for a joint account) are fully protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (this applies per bank, not per account)
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AA AA

AA ISA - Easy Access Issue 14

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Interest rate (AER)

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Min/max opening amount

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Notice period

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Account type

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Great for
  • Apply and manage your account online 24/7
  • Transfer-in an ISA you hold elsewhere
But be aware that
  • Rate includes a bonus, you may want to move your money at the end of this period
  • Partial ISA transfers out aren't available, transfers out in full only
  • The AA ISA is provided by OneFamily. Money in this AA ISA is deposited with Bank of Ireland UK
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Interest rate (AER)

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Min/max opening amount

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Notice period

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Account type

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Great for
  • Transferring existing ISA balances
  • Simple online application
But be aware that
  • Online management only
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Interest rate (AER)

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Min/max opening amount

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Notice period

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Account type

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Great for
  • Allows withdrawals on three days per account year based on the anniversary of account opening
  • Save from £100 in this cash ISA
  • Interest paid annually
But be aware that
  • Accounts can be opened with a minimum of £100 online at ybs.co.uk
  • You may only subscribe to one cash ISA in a single tax year
  • You have to be at least 16 years old
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What are tax-free cash ISAs?

Cash ISAs are tax-free so you won’t pay any duty on interest earned. They are available from most banks and building societies and are open to all UK residents over the age of 16.

However, as they are tax-free, there are limits on the amount you can pay into an ISA each year. This tax year of 2018 to 2019, the cash ISA limit is £20,000.

This counts toward the overall ISA allowance, which is also £20,000 – so you could open a cash ISA of £10,000 and an Innovative Finance ISA of £10,000 to reach this limit, or all in a cash ISA.

And under recent flexible ISA rules – which came into effect on April 6, 2016 – you can make withdrawals from your cash ISA and then pay this money back in, without this transaction contributing to your ISA allowance.

For instance, if you put £20,000 into your account and then withdraw £1,000, you will be able to pay this £1,000 back in before the end of the tax year.

Types of cash ISA accounts

You can only open one cash ISA in any one tax year. However, you can switch to a new cash ISA provider if you find a better deal – as long as the terms of your existing account allow you access to your money and the account you wish to move to accepts transfers.

And the good news is that, like standard savings accounts, cash ISAs come in a range of shapes and sizes.

Most are flexible easy access accounts, but there are also some fixed-rate cash ISAs available. Before signing up, it is therefore a good idea to double check the cash ISA rates, and the terms and conditions.

When switching ISA accounts, it is also vital to transfer any ISA cash across electronically using a transfer form provided by your new ISA provider as withdrawing it manually will mean losing the tax benefits.

As mentioned above, innovative finance ISAs (peer-to-peer) or stocks and shares ISAs offer other options for those prepared to risk their capital in the hope of superior returns.

Advantages of ISA accounts

With any ISA account, you don’t pay any income tax on the interest you earn. Your ISA allowance is in addition to the new Personal Savings Allowance (PSA), which came into effect on April 6, 2016.

All basic rate taxpayers can now earn £1,000 of savings interest a year without having to pay any tax on it. You’re a basic rate taxpayer in the 2018-19 tax year if your income is less than £45,350).

If you’re a higher rate taxpayer, paying tax at the 40% rate on an income between £45,351 and £150,000, you’re entitled to a lower PSA of £500 a year. 

If you’re an additional taxpayer earning £150,001 or more, you won’t get an allowance at all. 

How to run a cash ISA comparison

You can make a quick cash ISA comparison by reviewing the top accounts in the list at the top of this page. You can also compare cash ISAs on the results page, which highlights factors such as interest rate (AER) as well as the minimum amount to open the account or the notice period.

When you run your cash ISA comparison, it’s important to understand that some accounts can be opened through MoneySuperMarket, while others need to be applied for directly with the bank. You can find out more about how we work here.

And when you click through to compare cash ISA accounts, the results are listed according to their interest rate, from highest to lowest, by default. However, you can also order the accounts by the name of the brand, and you can filter by way of managing your account and whether the interest is paid monthly, annually, or at another date. 

 

Please note: MoneySuperMarket can show you Cash ISAs from all the companies on the market, but we can only help you open an account with some companies.

We show you Cash ISAs from the companies we can help you with first, and you have the option to see all other accounts. We list accounts according to their interest rate, from highest to lowest. You can find out more about how we work here.

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