Leeds Building Society ISA
An ISA can present a tax-free or tax-efficient way to invest your money. There are a selection of Leeds Building Society ISA plans, however in addition to seeing what they can offer you it is a good idea to shop around and compare other providers as well to see if you can find the top, best buy choice for the kind of ISA you are interested in. You can use the comparison table below to view a selection of ISAs from different providers:
Leeds Building Society Cash ISAs:
- Fixed Rate – Leeds Building Society offer a choice of; 1, 2 and 4 year Fixed Rate ISAs, so savers can benefit from the security of knowing exactly how much interest they will earn if they can lock away their savings for a set amount of time.
- Everyday ISA – Offers unlimited withdrawals without notice or loss of interest.
- E-ISA – Offers you the benefits of an ISA but can only be opened and operated online, offers unlimited withdrawals to your nominated account. Cash and cheque transactions are not permitted.
Types of ISA
Before you open an ISA you should try to make sure you understand its specific features, to get the most out of your maximum allowance. There are two different categories of ISA; Cash ISAs and Stocks & Shares ISAs. You are allowed to open up to one of each type of ISA each tax year, if you open both types of ISA you will have to break up your allowance between the two accounts however as it stays the same.
- Cash ISAs: Are a type of savings account, however they have the benefit that any interest that accrues on your savings, up to the maximum allowance, are paid tax-free helping you save. There are different kinds of Cash ISA account offered by different providers, so may offer you a fixed rate of interest if you can afford to lock your savings away without access for a period of time others may be able to offer you easy access to withdrawals with a variable interest rate.
- Stocks & Shares ISAs: Are not investments in themselves. They are a type of tax-efficient savings account that can be used to invest in products such as stocks, shares, corporate and government bonds and some other kinds of investment products. These kinds of ISA are branded as ‘tax-efficient’ as while you do still need to pay tax on share dividends, however they do have other tax-advantages such as not having to pay Capital Gains Tax on profits made from share price increases. Some Stocks & Shares ISAs work as a collective investment scheme where your money is pooled with other investors into a fund, others allow you to directly purchase stocks and shares of your choice. Stocks & Shares ISAs are capital at risk plans; this means if your investments decrease in value you will get back less than what you put into the ISA.
All providers of ISAs have to allow you to transfer to other providers, providing you are not locked into a fixed term. However there may be an interest penalty for doing so. This means while it may be advantageous to check if other providers are offering a better deal, before you transfer you should first work out if any penalty you would incur would actually negate the potential benefit of changing provider.