Jeremy Hunt may launch ‘British Isa’ investing in UK company shares

Chancellor hints at tax-free plan for budget as part of efforts to revive country’s stock market

The chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has hinted at plans to launch a tax-free “British Isa” investing in UK company shares at the spring budget, as part of efforts to revive the country’s stock market.

A British stock Isa would allow investors to buy a certain amount of UK company shares, without paying tax. Currently, the government charges a 0.5% tax, known as the share purchase stamp duty, for any shares bought in the UK.

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