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by Leeds Building Society

A guide to tax-free savings

A cash ISA, or individual savings account, is a way to save a set amount tax-free§ each financial year. There are lots of different cash ISAs to choose from and which one to go for depends on your needs.

If you want easy access to your savings, an instant access ISA could be your best option. However, these usually have lower interest rates compared to fixed rate ISAs.

If you can afford to leave your savings alone, fixed rate (or fixed term) ISAs usually offer higher interest rates.

It is possible to move your ISA between providers by instructing your new provider to transfer your account using an ISA transfer-in form.

Once the tax year is over, you’ll keep your savings on a tax-free basis for as long as the money stays in an ISA account.

These types of accounts come with their own rules and restrictions. You should check the terms and conditions before you apply for any savings account. Ask your bank or building society for more information on ISAs.

Currently most people pay tax on any interest in a standard savings account. However, from April 2016 basic rate tax payers will not pay tax on the first £1,000 of interest they earn on their savings.

§Tax free mean that interest payable is exempt from income tax.

Cash ISAs are available to individuals aged 16 and over who are resident in the UK for tax purposes.

The maximum you can invest in a Cash ISA for the 2015/2016 tax year is £15,240 less any amount invested in a Stocks and Shares ISA in the same tax year.

Fixed rate products are linked to market rates at the time of issue. Future fixed rate products may be offered at higher or lower rates depending upon the changes in market conditions.

This guide is intended as a summary only and does not constitute financial or legal advice given by Leeds Building Society. No reliance should be placed on this guide and you must make your own decisions, we recommend that you seek legal and/or financial advice if you have any questions or queries.