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Benefits of an RRSP

RRSP are the best for T4 Employees

  1. Taxpayer’s pay less tax.
  2. Taxpayer are saving for their future.

Last Day for RRSP is March 2, 2020.

  1. Pay Less Income Tax Now

Your annual contribution can be deducted from your gross income, reducing the amount of income tax you pay that year

  1. Defer Tax on Investment Income

The income you earn is sheltered from tax, allowing it to grow faster. By the time you retire and withdraw funds, you will likely be in a lower tax bracket.

  1. Borrow from Your Self1

Withdraw money to buy your first home1 or pay for your or your spouse’s education2, without penalty—providing it’s repaid within the specified time.

Who Qualifies?

If you have earned income and file an income tax return in Canada, you can contribute to an RRSP until December 31 of the year you turn 71.

You must also have contribution room available, which is identified on your annual Notice of Assessment sent by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Contribution Limits:

  • Basically 18% of earned income.
  • Earned income is your T4 amount as an employee; Plus Minus other items.
  • Net Business income if you are self employed; Plus Minus other items.
  • Plus any net rental income.
  • Or less any net rental loss.
  • Check your latest Notice of Assessment for your RRSP room.

How Does an RRSP work?

How does an RRSP work? Contributions you make to an RRSP are tax-deferred, meaning the money is only taxed when you withdraw it. Any money put into an RRSP, up to the annual limit, reduces your taxable income for that year. Your annual limit is a percentage of your earned income plus unused room from earlier years.

Is RRSP a good investment?

When it comes to saving for retirement, RRSPs are pretty hard to beat. Your contributions reduce your annual income tax. They are usually not a good option for short-term savings, however, as money withdrawn from an RRSP will increase your annual income and may result in your having to pay more taxes.

Are TSFA better than RRSP?

Both the TFSA and RRSP are investment vehicles that shelter taxes on your investment returns, but depending on your circumstances, one might better for your money than the other. The TFSA is more flexible and offers a better tax benefit than the RRSP but doesn’t have as high contribution room.  RRSP are a better tax savings than TFSA.

Carlos Teixeira/MS

 

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