Morningstar's Guide to ISAs, Pensions and Tax-Efficient Investing

There is less than a month left of the 2015/16 tax year; meaning time is running out to utilise those all important allowances, reduce your tax bill and boost your market returns

Emma Wall 7 March, 2016 | 8:55AM

Have you used up this year’s ISA allowance? Topped up your pension? Got your financial house in order? There is less than a month left of the 2015/16 tax year; meaning for investors there is less than a month to utilise those all important allowances, reduce your tax bill and boost your market returns.

This year those investment decisions have been made all the most complex by the changing market landscape – both volatile stock markets and rumours of policy changes have had investors panicked. Leaks from the upcoming Budget next week suggest that Chancellor George Osborne will yet again be tinkering with the way that we save for retirement – and although we won’t know the full details until he stands up on the despatch box and delivers his speech next Wednesday March 16th, we can make some educated guesses as to how this will effect pension savers.

This tax year is also the last one where higher rate tax payers can enjoy favourable tax relief on their annual pension allowance, so if you earn more than £150,000 a year now is the time to top up your pension. In fact, regardless of your earning power, from April you will see your annual pension allowance drop from £1.25 million to £1 million. Time is running out for these use-it-or-lose-it benefits so ISA and pension investors – or anyone looking to boost their savings and reduce their HMRC bill should read on for our Guide to ISAs, Pensions and Tax-Efficient Investing.

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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