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My 4-point checklist ahead of the April ISA deadline

Jon Smith talks through a few of the things that he's doing with his Stocks and Shares ISA ahead of the deadline in early April. The...
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The annual Stocks and Shares ISA deadline is on 5 April. I don’t need to be overly concerned, as the following day I can still use my ISA and benefit from a fresh chance to put £20,000 to work. However, the end of the ISA year can be a good time for me to make use of any leftover allowance I still have for this year. It also allows me a good opportunity to consider any changes I might want to make, along with my overall strategy. With that in mind, here’s my investing checklist.

Making the most of the current year

The first point relates to my allowance ahead of the ISA deadline. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on some mad rush to ensure I fill the £20,000 allocation. It’s not a target that has to be hit. However, it is worth checking to see if I have free cash that I can put in my ISA. 

The way I see it, I don’t know what my financial position will be over the next year. But if things go very well and I find myself fortunate enough to max out my 2022/23 allocation, I’ll look back and think that I wish I had made the most of the 2021/22 amount.

With that in mind, I want to check for spare funds. The second point leads on from this, in that I want to decide whether to invest the money straight away or leave it in cash for the moment (within the ISA). Personally, I think there are some good opportunities right now.

Thinking outside the box ahead of the ISA deadline

Like a lot of people, I have a separate investment account as well as an ISA. Although I don’t personally have any shares from my employers, I do have friends that receive stock in the company they work for as a perk. So my third point is to check ahead of the deadline for anything else that I can transfer into my ISA before the deadline.

For example, it’s possible to put shares from employee share schemes in the ISA. This is just one of a few different points that some investors might not have thought about. I’m not an ISA or a tax expert by any means, but my point is that I might be able to take advantage of the allowance in some other way.

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Understanding what I’ve already got

Finally, I want to take the opportunity to review what I’ve already got in my ISA. Sometimes I get so preoccupied about new ideas and finding fresh money before the ISA deadline that I forget to see if I need to make changes to my existing portfolio. For example, am I holding dividend stocks that have seen their income payouts cut? Or have I got too much exposure to one particular sector, so need to avoid putting more funds in that space?

Whatever it may be, the ISA deadline is a good time to consider my new ideas but also my existing portfolio.

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