Transfer an ISA to your Abundance IF ISA

How to transfer money in an existing ISA with another provider to your Abundance IF ISA

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You can transfer money between different ISAs that you hold with different ISA providers. This lets you diversify your savings and investments to help meet your financial goals.

The process of transferring money in an ISA over to your Abundance IF ISA is straightforward. All it requires is that you set up an Abundance account, open an IF ISA portfolio, and then fill out a transfer form, which you can download through your Abundance IF ISA portfolio. Full details of the process are below.

1. Set up an Abundance account

If you've not already signed up for an Abundance account, you'll need to do this first. It's quick and easy and done entirely online.

2. Open an Innovative Finance ISA portfolio

You need to open an IF ISA portfolio before you request an ISA transfer so that we can process your ISA transfer when it arrives. For more information, take a look at Setting up an Abundance IF ISA.

3. Decide what you want to transfer

You can transfer money held in any type of ISA to your Abundance IF ISA.

Abundance accepts partial transfers therefore from our perspective you can transfer any amount you'd like from your existing ISA (provided your existing ISA provider also allows partial transfers).

Transfers to an Abundance IF ISA are always made in cash, you cannot transfer investments, so if you have a Stocks & Shares ISA or another Innovative Finance ISA your investments may need to be sold so the cash proceeds can be transferred to your Abundance IF ISA. The ISA provider may complete this process on your behalf or you may need to sell your investments yourself. In this instance you will be liquidating existing investments, so you should consider carefully whether this is in your best interests and take advice as necessary.

Abundance does not charge any fees to transfer an ISA to or from Abundance, however some ISA managers may charge you a fee for leaving, so please make sure you check.

4. Complete the Abundance IF ISA transfer form

Once you are ready to transfer your ISA you need to complete our transfer form. You will need details about the ISA you are transferring from, such as the ISA manager name and your account number with them. Return the completed form to us and we will do the rest.

You can download an IF ISA transfer form here, or by selecting Manage in the top menu when you are signed in to your Abundance account and navigating to ISA Transfer under the Money section.

Please send us a digital copy (a scan or a clear photograph) of your completed and signed form to or through the messenger on the Abundance website — this is the quickest way to get your transfer underway. In some rare cases, your ISA provider may require an original hard copy of your signed form, but we’ll let you know if that’s the case and ask you to post it to us.

5. Processing your transfer request

Once we have your completed transfer form we will arrange the transfer with your existing ISA provider and let you know once it is completed and the money is available within your Abundance IF ISA. The process of transferring your ISA usually takes between 7 - 30 days, depending on the provider and type of ISA being transferred. This is worth bearing in mind if you would like to invest in a specific direct investment on Abundance.

An ISA transfer from a Cash ISA typically takes 5-7 days. A transfer from a Stocks and Shares ISA or Innovative Finance ISA typically takes 15-30 days.

6. Invest

Once we've received the transfer we'll add the money to your Abundance IF ISA. Your ISA funds will be held as cash in your Abundance IF ISA portfolio, ready for you to invest. Please remember that you need to choose the investments you want to make yourself and cash held in your ISA does not earn any interest.

You can choose to invest in any of the direct investments on Abundance from within your Abundance IF ISA (apart from two specific investments - find out more here).

Please remember, holding your investments in an IFISA does not reduce the risk of the investment or protect you from losses, so you can still lose all your money. It only means that any potential gains from your investment will be tax free. The tax treatment of your investment will depend on your individual circumstances and may change in the future.

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