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Get tax efficient in three simple steps

Set yourself up for success this tax year. Read our straightforward three-step checklist from Bestinvest’s head investment Coach, Matt Morgan. Understand what an accurate risk profile is and why goals-based investing could be simpler than you think.

Published on 13 Apr 20234 minute read

Written by Frances Bruce

It makes sense to get tax efficient as early as possible in the new tax year. This article explains how you can get started. 

Remember, prevailing tax rates and reliefs depend on your individual circumstances and are subject to change. 

Step 1: Set a goal

If you have money to invest, what do you want your money to do this tax year?

If you don’t have a goal, how do you know if you’re using the right investment strategy?

Our survey1 revealed that 58% set goals but underestimate the cost. The good news is there are lots of goal-planning tools to support progress, such as Grow my money simulator that helps investors see how investing could help them reach their financial goals more quickly. 

  • Retirement planner – you can enter amounts for different scenarios to see how much you need to save
  • Grow my money – calculates how much your money could be worth one day


Goals-based investing can help you define the account and risk profile you should choose. It's good to remember the value of an investment, and the income from it, may go down as well as up and you may get back less than you originally invested. 

Step 2: Make allowances work for you

Which allowances could help you achieve your goal?

The new tax year releases the allowances available for the next 12 months. It’s a good opportunity to review and decide which allowances can help you achieve your goal. You can contribute what you choose as consistently as possible to get started.

You can use your allowances to help you get where you want to be. When you use your allowances early in the tax year your money could benefit from being in a tax efficient account for longer.

Here are some of the most important 2024/25 tax allowances

ISA

£20,000

Junior ISA

£9,000

SIPP or other pension

£60,000

 

Step 3: Clarify your risk profile

What’s the right level of risk to help you achieve your goal?

Think of risk as going up a ladder. What risk do you need to take for the next step of your journey?

Specifying ‘high, medium or low’ is just one part of an accurate risk profile. You also need to establish your risk capacity and tolerance. Capacity refers to how much money you can lose without impacting your standard of living.

An accurate risk profile helps you understand what you need to do to achieve your financial goals. Bestinvest clients can fill out a risk questionnaire in the Coaching section of their account. This helps them understand how risky an investor they are. 

To understand more about risk, you can explore our bite-sized How to invest tutorial, What is investment risk?     

How Bestinvest can help you get tax efficient

At Bestinvest you can invest how you want with as much free expert support as you like. We’re here to help you find the fastest path to your investment goals.

If you are keen to get started but would rather leave the investing to the experts, you can choose one of our risk-rated Ready-made Portfolios. These are professionally managed portfolios with decisions about investments and risk already made. Service fees are 0.2% a year – see our full list of charges for details. 

And if you’d like to chat about your investment plans, it’s easy to arrange a free 45-minute coaching session whenever suits you. All our Coaches are qualified financial planners, like Matt Morgan, our head investment Coach.

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Source

1 Bestinvest’s Give Us Your Goals Study surveyed 2,000 people across the UK between the ages of 18 to 65+. The survey was carried out by global market research firm 3Gem between May 13 to May 18, 2022.

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