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Opening and closing ISA's in one tax year

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Hello, I was new to the concept of an ISA this year and opened a S&S ISA. I moved my £20k allowance into it, but then realised there was a huge restriction on which stocks I could buy on this particular platform, so I took my money out again and closed the account. I now see I should have done an ISA swap and not directly closed the account, oops, but I have two questions about my situation;
1) is it possible for me to open a cash ISA this year now?
2) have I used up my ISA allowance for this year?

I appreciate any insight anyone has to this.

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  • eskbanker
    eskbanker Posts: 31,861 Forumite
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    Was the S&S ISA a flexible one?  If so, then you're in luck, but if not, then you'll need to wait until 6 April to fund another one....
  • TiVo_Lad
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    If I remember correctly, the money's got to go back into the same ISA to take advantage of ISA flexibility. If it's been closed then I'm not sure that would meet the criteria?
  • eskbanker
    eskbanker Posts: 31,861 Forumite
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    TiVo_Lad said:
    If I remember correctly, the money's got to go back into the same ISA to take advantage of ISA flexibility.
    No, the managers' guidance section about flexible ISAs clarifies:
    Withdrawals of current year subscriptions, can effectively be replaced in any current year ISA, but cannot breach the ‘one ISA of each type per tax year’ rule.
    so current year money withdrawn from a flexible S&S ISA, even if subsequently closed, can be deposited into a cash ISA.
  • Dreamer931
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    So the key is whether it was a flexible S&S ISA. I will have to find out.

    Thank you so much for helping to clarify this for me!! Really appreciate it!
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