Yet another ISA question...

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in ISAs & Tax-free Savings
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jennikittenjennikitten Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in ISAs & Tax-free Savings
I have an Halifax ISA that's going to be dropping in interest very soon. Is it possible to transfer the money in it to another ISA of the same type that's also with Halifax? Or is it not possible to have two of the same ISAs with the same bank?

If it is possible, do I open the second ISA first and transfer the money in and close my old ISA? Or do I transfer the money to my current account, close the old ISA and then transfer money into the new one?

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  • McKneffMcKneff Forumite
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    All you do is

    Go to the Halifax, tell them yu want to transfer that Isa money into a higher interest ISA, they will do it all for you.

    You dont need to do anything apart from listen to them, answer some simple questions, simple as that.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • The problem is that it's an online account with no branch support.
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    McKneffMcKneff Forumite
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    edited 31 March 2011 at 10:58PM
    Just read the t & Cs. You can open a new one online, ensure that it accepts transfers in, then get them to transfer it in, If youre not sure what you are doing, I'm sure there will be telephone support. (If its an 0870 or 0845 number go to SayNoto0870 to get a normal telephone number.

    Youj can open as many ISAs as you like in the year and transfer around at will but the recipient bank must do the transfer for you, but it is important that you remember that you can only contribute to one. That is the main (rule.

    To be honest, staff at Halifax are brilliant, if you go into a branch locally they will go through it with you on screen as if you were doing it at home, they really that helpful, at least they have been with me, go in, look for the one that is smiling and go for it.

    Good luck
    Annie
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
  • edited 1 April 2011 at 12:11AM
    david78david78 Forumite
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    edited 1 April 2011 at 12:11AM
    Is it possible to transfer the money in it to another ISA of the same type that's also with Halifax?
    Yes
    If it is possible, do I open the second ISA first and transfer the money in and close my old ISA?

    Yes. But just go to the branch or ring them and ask them up to do it for you. They will help you; it doesn't matter that your existing account has no branch support.
    Or do I transfer the money to my current account, close the old ISA and then transfer money into the new one?
    No. Do not do this. If you transfer to the your current account it is classed as a withdrawl and you will not be able to put it back into your ISA without using up some of your allowance.

    As McKneff says, the best option is to go to a branch or ring them, especially if you are not confident about what to do. :)
  • david78david78 Forumite
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    McKneff wrote: »
    look for the one that is smiling and go for it

    That will be Clare. She's always smiling in my branch.
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