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IFAA calls for radical ISA reforms

The IFA Association is calling for radical reforms of the Government&#39s Individual Savings Account proposals, calling it a "tax-efficient Christmas club". The IFAA wants to see a minimum investment period, an annual limit of £6,000, fees for IFAs advising on transfer of Pep funds to ISAs, a limit on investment in non-European Union funds because of risk and no overall lifetime limits. It also says there should be more incentives for non-taxpayers to save.

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Why IFAs need bonus details

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