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How Many Isa's Can One Person Have
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Old 16-08-2008, 5:12 PM
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I'm very confused at the number of ISA's one person can have, i thought it was just one putting in up to the maximum allowance each year, but my in laws inform me they have two each, two with 3000 and two with 3600, all with barclays! surely they should only have one each with 6600 then add up to the max in next year, i would be gratefull if someone could help as they are both in their 80's and i dont want them to start worrying, many thanks
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Old 16-08-2008, 5:33 PM
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Each person is allowed one cash ISA per year.

You have the choice to open a new one each tax year, or keep many years worth of contributions all in the same ISA (or some option in the middle of the two)
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Each person is allowed one cash ISA per year.

You have the choice to open a new one each tax year, or keep many years worth of contributions all in the same ISA (or some option in the middle of the two)
Going the other way, after the current year has passed, there is then no limit to the number of ISAs one may apply to open since transferred funds from past years can be split (only this year's may may not be split up until 6th April) This can be handy for carpetbagging accounts with £100 with building societies that otherwise offer very poor standard accounts...
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I'm very confused at the number of ISA's one person can have, i thought it was just one putting in up to the maximum allowance each year, but my in laws inform me they have two each, two with 3000 and two with 3600,
With those amounts it sounds like they have an ISA each for this tax year (08/09) containing 3,600 and an ISA each for last tax year (07/08) containing 3,000. This is perfectly possible.


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all with barclays! surely they should only have one each with 6600 then add up to the max in next year,
Normally if it's with the same provider you would expect them just to add to it each year. Perhaps they have that and your in laws think they don't. Or perhaps they have simply opened another one?


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i would be gratefull if someone could help as they are both in their 80's and i dont want them to start worrying, many thanks
If they are for separate tax years it's not a problem.
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Old 19-08-2008, 10:27 PM
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im assuming they had last years 3k fixed for a term so couldnt add to it this year. As a result they had to open a new ISA to fund for this year.
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So the fact that I have an ISA which I opened about 6 years ago which has about £60 in it(!!) means I can't open another one till next year? As I have contributed to it this year.

I am currently sorting my finances out which have been woeful, but I am now debt free and ready to start saving. Will I have to wait till next year to open another ISA. My current one is with BoS with a rate of 3.06%. Shocking!!

Wait till April, check MSE for the best rate, deposit my allowance and repeat year after year?
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Going the other way, after the current year has passed, there is then no limit to the number of ISAs one may apply to open since transferred funds from past years can be split (only this year's may may not be split up until 6th April) This can be handy for carpetbagging accounts with 100 with building societies that otherwise offer very poor standard accounts...
i thought the one new cash isa per year rule still applied to transfers i.e. if i have 10k in ISA 1, then i open ISA2 for this tax year and put 3.6k in, I cannot in the same year open ISA 3 and transfer the 10k from ISA1 to a new ISA 4, I could only transfer it to ISA 2.

is this not the case?
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i thought the one new cash isa per year rule still applied to transfers i.e. if i have 10k in ISA 1, then i open ISA2 for this tax year and put 3.6k in, I cannot in the same year open ISA 3 and transfer the 10k from ISA1 to a new ISA 4, I could only transfer it to ISA 2.

is this not the case?
You can transfer any cash ISA to a new provider that accepts existing ISA's (not all do) you can even transfer the ISA2. What you can't do is put anymore money into a cash ISA this tax year !!
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I recently joined RBS and they opened up 2 ISA's for me one was a omline/telephone one and the other was the standrad one the government has given every person , i can stick 3600 a year i think in both, with no penaltys for takin any money out, dunno if that helps or anything lol
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you can have as many as you want. just as long as the inland revenue don't find out
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you can have as many as you want. just as long as the inland revenue don't find out
If the inland revenue find out then what happens?

and if there is a problem with having more then one then why do we get offered a few ?
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If the inland revenue find out then what happens?

and if there is a problem with having more then one then why do we get offered a few ?
if the inland revenue finds out and decides that you are evading tax on purpose then i expect you'll have to pay the tax you would've done if the extra ISA account wasn't an ISA, plus a fine of up to 100% (i think) of the tax you evaded. technically you can get a prison sentence for tax evasion but in practice opening an extra ISA probably isn't deemed an offence worthy of a prison sentence because the amount of tax evaded would be too small.

when you open an ISA you have to provide your national insurance number, the bank then has to inform the inland revenue that you have opened the account, so theoretically the revenue should have all this data in a database and should be able to spot duplicate ISAs associated with the same NI number pretty quickly, although the reality is they probably put all the data on a CD and then lose it in their internal post .

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If the inland revenue find out then what happens?

and if there is a problem with having more then one then why do we get offered a few ?
they lock you up and throw away the key. the bounders.
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Ok so i got my 2 ISA forms through today from RBS , one is for this telephone/internet banking ISA and the other is a Cash ISA, i only wanna have the one cause i dont want locked up in the bounders lol whats the best one to keep?
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you can have as many as you want. just as long as the inland revenue don't find out
In fact, you really can have as many as you want .

After the end of a tax year, Past ISAs can be split into as many sub-ISAs as you want with differing institutions according to the Inland Revenue's own rules.

You are just limited to one mini-Cash ISA in the current tax year, and you can't add money, except interest earned, to these past ISAs.

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I dont even no what the means lol so baby boomer do u think im better with the one or both, i just want sumthing to put my tax credits into so i can pay an over draft or credit card off
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Ok so i got my 2 ISA forms through today from RBS , one is for this telephone/internet banking ISA and the other is a Cash ISA, i only wanna have the one cause i dont want locked up in the bounders lol whats the best one to keep?
Are you sure the one you describe as "telephone/internet banking ISA" isn't an application for a Stocks & Shares ISA? Everyone is entitled to subscribe to both a Cash ISA and a Stocks & Shares ISA in the same tax year.

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It is called " TELEPHONE SAVER account with RBA "
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Chrissybh0y, that's not an ISA, it's just an ordinary savings account. A pretty lousy one at that.

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Chrissybh0y, that's not an ISA, it's just an ordinary savings account. A pretty lousy one at that.

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Thanx for the link i wasnt told much about it when i was on the phone to them last week when they offered me it, so id better just stick with the ISA the offered me?
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