The ISA system allows you to transfer savings and investments from previous ISA years to a different provider. This lets you diversify your portfolio and take advantage of changes in the ISA rules — such as the launch of the Innovative Finance ISA — to create a diversified portfolio to help meet your financial goals.

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

1. Set up an Abundance ISA

You need to open an Abundance ISA account before you request an ISA transfer, as we need your authority to request the transfer from the existing ISA manager on your behalf. For more information, take a look at Setting up an Abundance ISA.

2. Decide what you want to transfer

You can transfer money held in any type of ISA to your Abundance ISA. If you want to transfer money held in an ISA that was contributed in a previous tax year, you can transfer any amount you want (provided your existing ISA provider allows partial transfers).

If you want to transfer money held in an ISA that was contributed in the current tax year, you must transfer the full current year balance to your Abundance ISA. You can also transfer a combination of money contributed in the current tax year and past tax years at the same time.

Transfers to an Abundance ISA are always made in cash, so if you have a Stocks & Shares ISA or another Innovative Finance ISA your investments will need to be sold and the cash proceeds transferred to your Abundance ISA. The ISA provider will usually complete this process on your behalf. 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.

Some ISA managers may charge to transfer an ISA, so please make sure you check this first.

3. Complete transfer form

Once you are ready to transfer your ISAs you need to complete a transfer form for each ISA you wish to transfer. You will need details such as the ISA manager names and account numbers. Return these forms to us and we will do the rest.

You can download an ISA transfer form here, or from within the Money section of your Abundance ISA portfolio.

Please note that most ISA providers require an original signed copy of the ISA transfer form to process the request so in the majority of cases we can only accepts forms sent to us by post.

4. Transfer funds

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 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 project.

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

5. Invest

Your ISA funds will be held as cash in your Abundance ISA account, ready for you to invest in projects. It’s up to you to choose exactly which projects you invest in and how much you would like to put in to each as there is only a £5 minimum investment per project.

Please note that cash held in your ISA does not earn any interest.

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