GIA vs ISA: Get Started Investing Sustainably

Okay, so you’re ready to invest better.
But you’re not sure which account type is right for you.
Choosing the right investment account can make a significant difference in terms of tax implications, options and accessibility. 
In the UK, two popular investment accounts are the Stocks and Shares ISA and the General Investment Account, also known as GIA. 
In this blog, we will focus on the differences between these two investment accounts.
As per individual tax circumstances, if you have any queries regarding your tax position, please seek guidance by a tax professional advisor.

Quick Summary

1. Stocks and Shares ISA allows you to invest without paying tax on returns up to £20,000. 
2. Disadvantage is annual investment limits and cannot carry over unused allowances.
3. General Investment Account (GIA) allows you to invest without limit.
4. Disadvantage is you need to pay tax on returns generated.

What is a Stocks and Shares ISA?

Choosing your account type is the first step to investing better for the planet. Both ISA and GIA give you access to sustainable investments on GOODFOLIO investing platform.
A Stocks and Shares ISA is a tax-efficient investment account that allows individuals to invest in stocks, shares, bonds, and funds without paying tax on the returns.
You can only invest in one ISA per tax year.
The amount you can invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA is subject to annual limits, which for the tax year 2022-2023 is £20,000.
That means that any profits or returns generated from the ISA will not be subject to income or capital gains tax.

Pros and Cons of ISA

One of the main advantages of Stocks and Shares ISAs is their tax efficiency. Any income or capital gains generated from a Stocks and Shares ISA investment are tax-free. 
Another advantage of Stocks and Shares ISAs is that they offer a wide range of investment options including individual stocks, shares, bonds and funds. 
However, there are also some disadvantages of Stocks and Shares ISAs. For instance, there are annual limits on how much you can invest, and you cannot carry over unused allowances from one year to the next.

What is a GIA?

A General Investment Account (GIA) is a standard investment account that allows individuals to invest in a wide range of assets, including stocks, shares, bonds, and funds. 
Unlike Stocks and Shares ISAs, returns generated from a GIA investment are subject to tax. The tax rate is based on your income tax bracket, and you will need to declare any income or capital gains on your tax return.

Pros and Cons of GIA

One of the main advantages of GIAs is that there are no restrictions on the amount you can invest. 
You can invest as much or as little as you like, and there are no annual limits to worry about. 
However, one of the disadvantages of GIAs is that they are not tax-efficient, meaning you will need to pay tax on any returns generated from your investment.

Investing Sustainably with GOODFOLIO

GOODFOLIO is an investing platform that makes it more straightforward to invest sustainably. Stay up to date with your financial returns as well as the impact of your portfolio, whilst investing in environment, gender equality, clean energy and more.
Investing sustainably can be an effective way to potentially generate financial returns whilst having a positive impact.
GOODFOLIO is a sustainable investing platform that enables you to invest via ISA or GIA. 
Here’s what you can expect:
1. Get started in less than 10 minutes
2. Sustainable themes; environmental, healthcare, water and more.
3. Funds are screened to meet our transparency and sustainability information standards
4. Up to date impact reports for your personal portfolio 
5. Comparison tools based on impact, risk and returns
6. Create a sustainable ISA or transfer your existing one with our help
7. We are always here to help!
Join the future of investing and start your free GOODFOLIO account today!
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