What if you aren’t sure a cash Isa is for you?

We discuss the benefits and downsides of various ways to save.
Savings accounts

Standard savings accounts may be the next place to check if you want to save in cash Isas.

Basic-rate taxpayers can earn the first £1,000 of interest on non-Isa savings tax-free (£500 if you’re a higher-rate taxpayer) under the personal savings allowance.

This new tax benefit doesn’t mean you should dump Isas – they still protect your investments against tax going forward, giving essential protection for when interest rates start to climb.

However, banks and building societies have stopped automatically removing tax from accounts and will now pay interest gross so it should be easier to compare Isa and non-Isa rates directly.

Interest-paying current accounts

You may be able to earn more interest on cash in top-paying current accounts than in variable-rate cash Isas and conventional savings accounts.

Some providers are providing significantly greater rates to current account clients, although they do limit the amount of interest that you can earn by capping the maximum sum of savings (usually £1,000 to £20,000).

We’ve made it easy for you by assessing all nationally available bank accounts and choosing the finest of those that pay a respectable level of interest on positive balances.

Stocks and shares Isas

As well as investing in a cash Isa each year, you might choose to put some of your in a stocks and shares Isa. You also have the option of depositing your whole allowance in a stocks and shares Isa should you desire to.

This is effectively the same thing as investing in stocks, with the exception that you won’t have to pay any taxes on the earnings that your investment brings in, either income tax or capital gains tax.

Before April 6, 2016, a tax deduction equal to 10% of dividends was taken out of each payment before being sent to the government. This deduction was not eligible for reimbursement.

Now, investors can deduct a certain amount of their dividend income from their taxable income. This tax-free allowance will remain the same at £2,000 for the 2022-2023 tax year, as it did for the 2021-2022 tax year.

After reaching this point, dividends are subject to a tax rate of 8.75 percent, up from 7.5 percent, for taxpayers paying the basic rate, 33.75 percent, up from 32.5 percent, for taxpayers paying the higher rate, and 39.35 percent, up from 38.1 percent, for taxpayers paying the additional rate.

It is possible to move money between an investment savings account (ISA) for stocks and shares and an investment savings account (ISA) for cash, and vice versa. Unlike with cash Isas, you shouldn’t invest unless you’re willing to accept the risk that the value of your investments can fall as well as rise. Cash Isas are tax-free in the United Kingdom.

Bonds with a premium



Premium bonds do not pay interest in the traditional sense; nevertheless, each bond is entered into a prize draw that takes place once each month. You can invest anywhere from £25 all the way up to £50,000.

National Savings and Investments (NS&I) gives away two jackpots of one million pounds each and a variety of other prizes beginning at twenty-five pounds. More than five thousand of the prizes range in value from five hundred to one hundred thousand pounds.

Each individual bond number is given a one-of-a-kind bond number, and each of these numbers has a separate and equal chance of winning a prize each month. Therefore, the more bonds you buy, the better your chances are of winning a reward.

These investments provide the excitement of a flutter without the risk of losing your initial bet; however, as they do not give a guaranteed return, it may not make sense to put all of your money into them because there is no assurance of a profit.

Investing money from person to person inside the confines of an ISA wrapper

Platforms for peer-to-peer lending provide users the chance to save money at rates that are greater than those offered by traditional suppliers; nevertheless, these higher rates come with an increased level of risk.

The objective is to bring together individuals or small enterprises looking for financing with those who have savings and are prepared to lend it out. Your money is distributed in small amounts to a number of borrowers (so as to spread the risk), and it is repaid to you with interest in the form of a loan over a period of time that is normally between three and five years.

If you are ready to lend to riskier organisations and individuals, you will be offered the best rates; nevertheless, this raises the probability that you will have a difficult time getting your money back if any of the borrowers are unable to repay their loans.

There is one kind of Isa known as the innovative finance Isa. Isas were made available for use in peer-to-peer lending in the year 2016.

You can open an Individual Savings Account (Isa) with an individual platform, and as long as you stay below the limits of your annual Isa allowance, any interest that is paid by borrowers will be exempt from taxation.

Peer-to-peer lending websites are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), but it is crucial to note that they are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). This means that there is no assurance that your savings will be protected in the event that the website declares bankruptcy.