The largest P2P lending platform in the UK Funding Circle is next week launching its Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA) tax-wrapper, to current customers only.
The Funding Circle ISA will allow investors, from 30th November, to earn interest tax-free, up to £20k in the current tax year.
As an example, if a higher rate taxpayer lends £20,000 through the Funding Circle ISA and earns a one-year return of 7.5 after fees and bad debt, their post-tax earnings after one year could increase from £900 to £1,500.
The firm says it is expecting the new service to be popular and so to manage this in the "fairest way" and it will be opening up the ISA Account to all current investors (those who created an account before 23rd November) in the following order:
Investors who are actively lending (have lent to a business since 1st May 2017)
Investors not actively lending but who have previously transferred in funds
Investors who have not previously transferred in funds
New investors and those who have opened a Classic account after 23rd November 2017
We will open the ISA to each group of investors in the order their account was created. We will keep you updated on our progress over the next few months.
Once all current investors have had an opportunity to create an account, Funding Circle will launch the ISA to new investors. Following this, it will roll out the ability to transfer in existing ISA subscriptions.
Owing to regulatory restrictions investors are unable to transfer loan parts directly from their normal accounts to ISA accounts. However you can sell your loans quickly and easily to other investors, providing they aren’t late or experiencing any credit issues, before withdrawing your funds to a UK bank account and then transferring them to your ISA.
Investors can withdraw any available funds without affecting your annual £20,000 ISA subscription limit, providing they transfer them back in by the end of the tax year.