To be used for questions related to RRSP [Registered Retirement Savings Plan] as applicable in Canada. This is a older program, the newer one being TFSA [Tax Free Savings Account Program]

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Are retirement contributions for temporary workers in Canada mobile?

I am an American citizen about to start a temporary three-year position in Canada. It's possible but unlikely that I will settle in Canada permanently. Will I be required to contribute to a ...
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Is it possible to use an RRSP mortgage to pay off a line of credit?

I'm told that the only requirement for obtaining an RRSP mortgage loan, is having the mortgage insured by a recognized mortgage insurer - and that the insurers can sometimes be negotiated with, with ...
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How do I do double-entry bookkeeping for separately-managed investment accounts?

Double-entry bookkeeping is new to me but is something I'm trying to apply to our personal finances. The area I am struggling with is how to deal with our investments. We have a mix of Canadian RRSP ...
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Penalty for withdrawing from RRSP and putting it back into another RRSP

If I take money out of my RRSP and put it back in an RRSP with a different bank, is there a penalty? To avoid the penalty, I guess there needs to be a straight RRSP --> RRSP transfer?
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Moved to the USA from Canada; what is best to do with RRSP?

I am a Canadian and I moved to US at the end of last year. (I have a green card now.) I have less than CAD 50K in my RRSP from my previous work, and less than CAD 40k at banks. Not sure what the best ...
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Self-directed RRSP into mortgage investment

I want to lend money for second mortgages to others (through a broker). He suggested to invest the money through a self-directed RRSP. Is this a sound advice (it will lower my income tax, and ...
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Is it wise for an independent contractor to avoid corporation tax by planning to only break even each year?

From what I understand about corporation tax in Canada, you only pay tax when you make a profit. So, if I open up a software corporation and work as an independent contractor, and then whatever the ...
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Is the interest on money borrowed on margin in/for an RRSP considered tax deductible?

If I borrow cash in my margin trading account which happens to be an RRSP account, does the interest on that money become tax deductible from my income? I know if I put money in my RRSP from my salary ...
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What does “retirement” mean with regards to an RRSP and any early withdrawal penalty?

If you withdraw money from your RRSP prior to retirement, you pay tax at your marginal rate. Is this correct? In this case, what does "retirement" mean? Is it: When the person reaches 65? The day ...
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When to convert employee shares in an RRSP into cash, even if there is a penalty?

An employee has opted to invest in his/her company's share purchase plan with following criteria: Shares are held in an RRSP account. If emplyee contributes x% of her base salary from every ...
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Can I make a final RRSP contribution after moving to the U.S.?

I moved from Canada to the U.S. (California) in August 2013. I am wondering whether I can make one final contribution to my RRSP account for the 2013 tax year (transferring between Canadian accounts) ...
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Do employer RRSP contributions show up as income on my T4?

When I get my T4, I see a certain amount quoted as my income. My employer gives me matching RRSP, which means if I put 1000 dollars, my employer puts in 500 dollars and then buys me the company stock ...
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Never filed FBAR in 17 yrs and now need to cash out RRSP

I am a Permanent Resident from Canada. I moved to Texas in 1996 and I never filed any IRS documents (such as FBAR) informing them of my Canadian investments. I have about $33,000 in RRSP and $18,000 ...
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If I contribute to my spouse's RRSP, is every dollar of my contribution tax deductible?

I have a question about spousal RRSPs. I make a much higher wage than my wife and I'm considering contributing to her RRSP. Will every dollar I contribute to her be tax-deductible? If I contribute ...
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Can a Canadian resident in the US transfer funds from one RRSP to another?

Once a Canadian resident moves to the U.S., the most common tax advice is to leave any RRSP in place in Canada because attempting to convert to an IRA or otherwise withdraw the money has some horrible ...
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Move self-directed RRSP account to another institution while avoiding transfer out fee?

I'd like to move my self-directed RRSP account from one institution to another. My current broker charges the common $125 for transfer out using the T2033. To avoid this fee, I'm considering ...
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Does an RRSP loan provide any benefit, vs. simply making monthly RRSP contributions?

While evaluating a short term RRSP loan like this one, the numbers seem good on paper. But: If I need to save $1,000 in tax deductions, I need to put the entire borrowed money into the RRSP before I ...
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Pay off debt with RRSPs, or refinance and roll into Mortgage?

A few years of a combination of under-employment and trying to keep afloat a floundering business has left me (us) with 50k debt on a line of credit and a credit card. We are getting 5k back from ...
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Cash out retirement account or sell and downsize the house to pay off line of credit?

I am in my mid 40's and I have an outstanding secured line of credit with a large balance that I want to clear. I can only come up with 2 scenarios to clear this amount based on my home equity and ...
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Why do short-term term deposits and GICs pay more than longer ones?

ING Direct is currently offering 2.5% interest for a 90-day GIC, 1% for 180 days, and 1.5% for 270 days. What would be the advantage of locking my money in for longer if I'm just going to get paid ...
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Pros and cons of cashing out my RRSP in order to repay HELOC used to start a business, now failed?

I'm in my mid 40s and a few years ago I used my HELOC to start a new business. I was paying interest only on the loan in hopes of paying off the HELOC in lump sum amounts once the business was ...
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When to apply for RRQ (Régie des rentes du Québec) benefits: earlier, age 65, or later?

My 60 yr old spouse just retired on RREGOP. Should she wait until she's 65 to take RRQ (Régie des rentes du Québec), or even 70, or should she take it now, early, at 60? I am semi retired myself. I ...
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What happens to dividends on stock held in TFSA or RRSP account?

What happens when dividends are paid out on stock held in TFSA or RRSP accounts? Do the payouts get put back into those same registered accounts? Are they considered 'contributions' into those ...
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Can I contribute to my spouse's RRSP to fully take advantage of the Home Buyer's Plan?

My spouse and I plan to eventually use the Home Buyers' Plan when purchasing our first home. If we combine our RRSP's then we can take out $25,000 each to use as a down payment on our first home. I ...
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Should I contribute to my RRSP or wait?

I am Canadian and I have a large amount of RRSP contribution room. I do have money to contribute, but I will have no taxable income this year. Should I make my RRSP contributions now, or save the ...
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Which type of investments to keep inside RRSP?

Keeping investments inside an RRSP lets them grow tax-free. That makes it more suitable for some investment types. If a person was to buy a number of different types of investments but only has room ...
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Should I repay my Home Buyer's Plan (HBP) RRSP loan early, or over the allowed 15 years?

I used my RRSP to purchase my house. It was tax free because I was first a time home buyer. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to put the lump sum back in ASAP or take the 15 years to pay it ...
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As a Canadian Citizen, can I move a 401k into a RRSP in Canada?

I am a Canadian Citizen and was a resident of the US for 11 years. I moved back to Canada recently and am working in Canada. I want to move my 401k to RRSP in Canada. Is this possible? What costs or ...
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Deferring claim of significant purchase of RRSPs

If I purchase $50,000 of RRSPs this year, I believe that I can defer some of this purchase over the next several years. I could, for example, claim $16,667 on each of my next three tax returns. ...
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Extra Investment - Small monthly payment, RRSP vs Mortgage vs Mutual fund

I'm planning to invest/save some extra money on a monthly basis probably around $100-200 or so. I'm not sure where I should put it from the following options RRSP (probably open a TD e-series ...
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Is an RRSP always “self-directed”? What makes a “self-directed” RRSP special?

Based on this definition of self directed RRSP: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/selfdirectedrrsp.asp It seems all RRSPs, by default, are self directed, because the 'owner determines the asset ...
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How to correctly transfer my RRSP account to a new self-directed RRSP?

I have a RRSP through Great West Life, but want to open a Self directed RRSP through CIBC. Can I transfer this GWL RRSP to a CIBC self directed. If so how to do it.
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What is a “Registered” plan, as in, what does “registered” specifically mean, in the context of an RRSP?

What is the meaning of the "Registered" part in "Registered Retirement Savings Plan"? What is an example of an unregistered savings plan?
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How come we can use RRSP towards a share purchase plan?

RRSP stands for Registered Retirement Savings Plan. So how come one is allowed to contribute towards a share purchase plan from their RRSP? A share purchase plan cannot be considered a SAVINGS Plan ...
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How can I determine which is right for me, RRSP or TFSA, if any at all?

I'm 22 years old, and currently dumping all my money into my general savings account. I'd like to take this further but I'm not sure where to go with this. What type of savings account should I get ...
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Self directed RRSP - what are some good general guidelines on when to look at switching to one?

My bank is trying to sell me on switching to using a self-directed RRSP account. Right now, it doesn't make sense to me to do it, but it does look like an interesting investment option. What are some ...
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DIY retirement savings plans for Canadian small business?

I work for a small business that currently offers no retirement plan. A few of my coworkers and I are more or less couch potato investors, but we each manage our own self-directed RRSPs or mutual fund ...
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What is the difference between 401(k) accounts in the U.S. and RRSPs in Canada?

What are the major differences between the two?
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Are RRSP investment accounts, in Canada, available to temporary residents?

Is it possible for a temporary (non-citizen) long term (leaving in 2 years) resident in Canada to obtain RRSPs? Is it advisable?
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Under which conditions does it make sense for a Canadian investor to put their mortgage in their RRSP?

Canada allows investors to use their retirement fundings (RRSPs) as part of a loan to themselves, which can fund the buying of a house. When does it make sense to take advantage of this?
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Nit picky personal accounting question: What is the right way to record borrowing from yourself?

I keep a spreadsheet with my personal financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow) that generally follows the corporate approach. I omit considerations of depreciation, etc. ...
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Can I retroactively contribute to an RRSP for a previous tax year?

I missed the RRSP contribution deadline (March 2010) for the 2009 tax year. Consequently, my tax owing was much higher than it could have been. Is it possible to contribute to an RRSP and apply that ...
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How do LIRA/LRSP's differ from RRSP's?

I have heard of Locked In Retirement Accounts (LIRAs) also known as Locked-in Retirement Savings Plans (LRSPs) Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) How are they different and what are the ...
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What is a good place to park a Christmas bonus? Pay down the mortgage, TFSA or RRSP?

Many companies in Canada tend to pay out bonuses around Christmas time. If one is fortunate enough to get one this year what is the best strategy for the bonus? TFSA's have a limit of $5000 yearly. ...
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Use retirement to pay off debt: Should I cash in RRSP to repay Line of Credit?

The amount I have in RRSP savings is exactly equal to the amount I have in Home Equity Line of Credit debt (significant, but aside from home mortgage, my family has no other debt). I know if I ...
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Should I have an RRSP on top of a pension?

I am a teacher and automatically contribute into the Teacher's Pension Plan every paycheque. This pension plan is considered to be one of the best in the country. Do I need to have an RRSP as well? ...
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TFSA vs. RRSP… Best retirement approach

What's the best retirement strategy? Assuming I have $1000 and room in both my TFSA and RRSP contribution, where should the $1000 go?
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Which account should I put my money to get the most tax benefit?

I have $5,000 that I would like to put in to an investment account. To get the maximum tax benefit, should I put it in my RRSP, my child's RESP, or my TFSA account? I have enough room in each of ...
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What kind of investments should I have in my RRSP?

I plan to retire in 15-20 years... what kind of investments should I consider holding in my RRSP? I don't like very risky investments, but I also don't want to be too conservative.