Stocks and shares ISAs

Start investing towards your 2017/18 allowance of £20,000 with an IG stocks and shares ISA, available via a share dealing account or a ready-made IG Smart Portfolio.1

An IG ISA has nothing to hide: we’ll show you your total cost of ownership (TCO) before you invest, and you can check in and see where your money’s invested at any time. There are no hidden platform or exit fees.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

How to invest in an IG ISA

You can either select your own investments in a share dealing ISA, or you can let our experts make the decisions on your behalf with an IG Smart Portfolio ISA.

Share dealing ISA

Open an IG ISA to invest at the same great commission rates as our share dealing account, but without paying capital gains tax on your profits.

  • Choose your own investments from our huge range of shares and ETFs
  • Invest in UK shares for as little as £5 commission.2 See our fees in full

IG Smart Portfolio ISA

Open an IG Smart Portfolio and select ISA to add a tax-free wrapper to your fully managed portfolio.

  • Get an expertly built portfolio that’s right for your risk profile
  • See how your portfolio’s constructed and how it’s performing at any time
  • Low management fees, with no hidden charges. See our fees in full

As our share dealing ISA and IG Smart Portfolio ISA are counted as a single stocks and shares ISA, you can invest up to £20,000 between them in 2017/18.1

Why choose IG for your ISA?

Flexibility

Withdraw from your stocks and shares ISA without forfeiting the amount from your allowance.

Security and support

We’re a financially robust, FTSE 250 company with a 24-hour helpdesk.

Full transparency

Log in and see how your investments are performing at any time.

How to set up your IG ISA

Share dealing ISA
 

  • Choose ‘share dealing’ on the application form

  • Log in to the My IG dashboard

  • Click 'add another account', then select 'add ISA'

IG Smart Portfolio ISA
 

  • Choose ‘IG Smart Portfolio’ on the application form

  • Select 'ISA' as the wrapper for your investment

  • Complete the risk questionnaire and we’ll help you find the right IG Smart Portfolio ISA for your risk profile

Top FAQs

What are the tax benefits of a stocks and shares ISA?

If you’re a UK resident over the age of 18, you’ll have a tax-free ISA allowance of £20,000 during the 2017/18 tax year.1 You can invest all of this in a stocks and shares ISA, split it between a stocks and shares ISA and a cash ISA, or invest it all in a cash ISA.

If you invest in a stocks and shares ISA, any profits you make will be free from capital gains tax. There’s also no tax to pay on any income from dividends, even if you’re a higher- or additional-rate tax payer. Outside of an ISA, you'd only get a £5000 tax-free dividend income allowance – anything above that and higher- and additional-rate taxpayers would pay 25% and 30.56% respectively.

What can I invest in with an IG stocks and shares ISA?

At IG we offer two types of stocks and shares ISA. With our share dealing ISA you can invest in more than 9000 global shares and ETFs – making your own investment decisions to try and generate positive returns. With an IG Smart Portfolio ISA, our experts will manage a globally diversified ETF portfolio on your behalf, in a way that suits your risk profile. We build IG Smart Portfolios exclusively with ETFs, as their low cost and transparent nature make them the ideal building blocks for a risk-controlled investment portfolio.

Can I transfer my existing stocks and shares ISA to IG?

Yes. You can easily transfer an existing stocks and shares or cash ISA held with another provider to us. Your ISA will retain its remaining allowance and tax benefits,1 and there’s no charges from us for transferring.3 Find out how to transfer an existing ISA into our share dealing ISA.

Can I open more than one stocks and shares ISA?

ISA rules state that you can only pay into a single stocks and shares ISA each tax year. You are free to open an additional ISA with a different provider each new tax year, but can only pay money into one.

With IG, you can invest in a single stocks and shares ISA via two separate account types: share dealing and/or an IG Smart Portfolio. This means that if it suits your investment strategy to do so, you can open an IG Smart Portfolio and share dealing account in the same tax year and split your annual ISA allowance between them.

Do you offer junior ISAs?

No, we don’t currently offer junior ISAs. 

Do you offer flexible ISAs?

Yes, we’ve offered flexible ISAs via our online platform since April 2016. Open an account to get started, or find out more on our Help and Support site.

1 Invest up to £20,000 in an ISA in 2017/18 without incurring capital gains or income tax. Tax laws are subject to change and depend on individual circumstances. Tax law may differ in a jurisdiction other than the UK.

2 If you have an active CFD or spread betting account that is accessible under the same login as your share dealing account, you’ll automatically qualify for our lowest commission rate if you’ve placed at least one spread bet or CFD trade in the previous calendar month. If you do not have a CFD or spread betting account with IG, your commissions will be determined based on your share-dealing activity (UK stocks only). Place 10+ trades in the previous month to qualify for a £5 commission rate. See our full list of share dealing charges and fees.

3 Physical share dematerialisation fee is £50 + VAT per certificate. This fee is levied to us by our broker, and passed on to you. IG SIPPs are administered by James Hay, who charge a £195 annual fee and may charge for transferring investments not currently held in a SIPP. You may be out of the market for a period while your transfer takes place.