Questions tagged [rrsp]

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

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What account to draw from for a first-time home buyer? (Canada)

Assuming I need 35K for a downpayment and I have 50K in an RRSP 50k in a TFSA and 20k in a non-registered account— which account is it best to draw from? My assumption is that cleaning out the non-...
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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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Can I pay my partner’s income tax (Canada)

I net approx. twice what my spouse does. At income tax time can I pay her income tax for her so she has more money to invest in her retirement savings account (RRSP)? I know that if I were to give her ...
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Is the RRSP Contribution period 12 months or 14 months?

Assuming a clean slate (i.e. no carry-forward contribution room) I always thought the one could make their RRSP contribution any time within the calendar year + 60 days after the end of the year. If ...
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What will happen to the amount of money I contributed exceeding my RRSP limit and will I pay a penalty?

My RRSP deduction limit for 2020 was 16,000$. In the year 2020, I contributed 28,000$. TurboTax displays it as "Amount of contributions exceeding your limit (automatically carried forward for you)...
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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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Can I withdraw Small Overcontribution from RRSP?

My contribution room for my RRSP is 23.5k, I accidentally contributed 25k though. I realize my over-contribution is within the 2k that CRA allows, but I would prefer to keep the extra $1,500 outside ...
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RRSP contributions in first 60 days of calendar year

RRSP contributions made in the first 60 days of the current calendar 2021, can be claimed in the prior year 2020, or later tax returns. Regarding RRSP contribution limits. If the contribution is made ...
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Do employer matching contributions in an RRSP count towards the contribution room?

My employer gives a matching contribution for my RRSP. So let us say if I contribute $5000, the employer contributes $2000 (free money.) Does this $2000 contributed by my employer also eat up my ...
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I'm a Canadian citizen and now a US resident. How do I close my Canadian RRSP and TFSA?

I am a Canadian citizen who moved to the US in 2009. I am now a US resident and Canadian non-resident. I still have a Canadian RRSP, TFSA, and bank account. I've filed FBARs since becoming a US ...
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Excess contribution to RRSP

Consider a hypothetical case of a Canadian tax resident living in Ontario and making CAD 100K each year. Suppose they contribute CAD 50K in 2020 to an RRSP. CAD 27230 is the contribution limit for ...
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Can I hold US dollars and buy US stocks (with US Dollars) without FX commissions using a Canadian brokerage account?

May be moving to Canada next month, so I had some questions. I would like to transfer my US dollars to a Canadian brokerage account -- from what I've read IB or Questrade are the best options. However,...
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Do I need to account for this year's RPP contributions when contributing to RRSP

I'm starting contributions to both a defined contribution RPP with employer matching and an RRSP account. I know my RRSP contribution room from last year's notice of assessment. What I can't find an ...
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To lease or buy when I have the cash in my RSP

I am retired, collecting a pension, CPP & OAS. I also have money in my RSP, which becomes taxable when I withdraw it. I purchased, for cash & a trade-in, a 2014 BMW SUV. Sale price was $39000. ...
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Opening an RESP for myself

I am located in Canada. I was wondering if instead of contributing directly into an RRSP, why people don't instead open up an RESP for themselves, contribute as much as they can afford (up to 50k) and ...
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When calculating net-worth, how to discount money in an RRSP?

Suppose that I have the following account balances: Personal Banking Account $10,000 TFSA $40,000 RRSP $60,000 I would like to calculate my net-worth. ...
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How to move my Canadian stocks into RRSP

I have various stocks I hold for the dividends (and most are DRIPs). They are NOT in any tax-advantaged accounts. Is there an easy way to move them into, say, an RRSP? Or would I be required to sell ...
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What other variables affect optimal contributions to RRSP now?

I already maxed my TFSA. I can't have and don't want kids. I want to create an Excel spread-sheet to work backwards to determine the optimal RRSP contributions now that'll minimize taxes when I start ...
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When would holding U.S. stocks in a non-registered account be better than in a TFSA?

Assume your RRSP is full, and you must buy U.S. stock in TFSA or in an unregistered [aka non-registered] account. The default answer seems to be TFSA! If you have an RRSP, a TFSA and a non-...
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Can I withdraw money from my rrsp if I made excess contribution by mistake?

If by mistake, I exceed the contribution limit to my RRSP, can I withdraw it from my RRSP, to avoid paying penalty? e.g Let us say my RRSP room is 18k, but I contributed 22k, so any contribution in ...
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How to buy private company stock using a registered account (e.g. LIRA, RRSP)?

I would like to invest is a private company using money from my LIRA (locked in retirement account). I know this is allowed, similar to holding private mortgages under these accounts, but how do I ...
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Do employers receive any financial benefit from offering a RRSP/401K matching program? [duplicate]

I understand that companies that offer RRSP matching programs may be more attractive to work for/have better employee retention, and the employers may get warm fuzzies from offering it to their ...
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When ought your taxable income < min{Ontario, Federal Basic Personal Allowance}?

Assume I have no tax deductions except RRSP, and I have $90K in my RRSP that I never deducted. Let "BPA" mean "Basic Personal Amount". Optimal taxable income ≥ min{2020 Ontario BPA ($10,783), Federal ...
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I maxed TFSA. Can't your after-tax income be higher without RRSP?

I already maxed my TFSA. I can't have and don't want kids. I live in ON. Service Canada website shows that if I start CPP at 70, I get $700/month. I think I got just two options — RRSP (contribution ...
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If you're loaning yourself a mortgage, why must you pay interest? At the bank's posted rate?

I'm addled. You're withdrawing money from your own Registered Retirement Savings Plan(RRSP), and you must repay it. You're not using the approved lender's money at all! So why must you pay interest ...
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What's the "tax refund on RRSP contribution"?

Dan Brtolotti CFP CIM B.A. English University of Waterloo - St. Jerome's University wrote this article. I don't fathom third row. RRSP is taxed at withdrawal. Thus how is tax refunded when you deposit ...
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What's wrong with transferring $12,000 from RRSP to RRIF and withdraw $2000/yr 65-71 inclusive? Why doesn't this give you $12000 out RRSP tax-free?

I live in ON. Jim Yih wrote Are You Taking Advantage of the Pension Income Tax Credit? Transfer RRSP to a RRIF. At age 65 transfer $12,000 to a RRIF and take $2000 out per year from age 65 to 71(...
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Option spreads in registered accounts [closed]

Are there any option brokers for canadian people that allow you to do credit and debit spreads in their rrsp and Tfsa accounts?
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Minimize taxes now that I earn more

Background I recently received a hefty promotion for $350k (plus stocks and bonuses) with the same company. Now that I can finally start to pay down my debt, I'm not so happy that suddenly 45% of my ...
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Why does strategy with borrowing 35,000 and using Home Buyer's Plan apply to just Canadians in 40% marginal tax bracket?

Why do these Reddit users focus on the "40% marginal tax bracket"? How did they calculate it? Assume that we're in Ontario so that we can work with Ontario's provincial tax rates. 35K at 5% for 90 ...
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In one year, what's the maximum I can contribute to RRSP, from past unused contribution room?

My dad is 63 and lives in Ontario.. He maxed out his TFSA. His annual pre-tax income is $50K. Here is a screen-shot of his CRA online account: He never opened a RRSP, thus the $100K must've been ...
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How do Ontarians calculate optimal RRSP contribution?

Pls see my dad in Ontario's facts. He maxed out his TFSA, and his annual pre-tax income (henceforward "APTI") is $50K. CRA website shows his 2019 RRSP deduction limit is $100K. If I ...
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Ought a 63-year old working hotel employee commence an RRSP?

If I understood Global News, MoneySense, the Wealthy Barber, and Reddit, my dad ought NOT start or contribute to an RRSP! Right? Thanks. Facts He's 63 years old, and has no children under 18. He ...
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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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Deciding on RRSP carryover amount

I'm trying to do a last minute lump-sum RRSP contribution. I have an idea of how much I'd like to contribute/carry forward, but this is my first time making a significant RRSP contribution, so I'd ...
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Should a Canadian working in the USA, invest in a 401k, Roth IRA, Traditional IRA, and/or RRSP?

I have a cousin who is a Canadian citizen working in the USA, asking me about the Canadian RRSP. However being an American I am more familiar with 401k, Roth IRA, and Traditional IRA. 1) From ...
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How can I notify the CRA of intent to contribute to an RRSP?

I currently have an RRSP through work that I contribute to. However, the amount is significantly smaller than my annual limit. I have a self-managed RRSP separately and contribute sizable amounts. ...
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Optimal allocation to different employer plans to reduce tax bill in current year

I am a canadian citizen that work for a canadian employer and this is how my allocation to the various employer provided plans look. I read that I am required to pay taxes on the EPSP. Can someone ...
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Mathematics behind deciding to do a lump sum mortgage payment vs. RRSP contribution?

If I have 10,000 extra dollars, how could I decide between doing either: A lump sum mortgage prepayment (2.1% variable closed interest rate, 250k remaining balance), or, An RRSP contribution (...
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Paying for Spouse's Education with Savings vs Line of Credit vs RRSP (LLP)

My partner is currently going to school with no income, and I have been working for a number of years with a reasonable income (enough for savings, RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan) , trips ...
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Canada: Borrow to Invest in RRSP?

I've a credit line that charges a 2% fee to borrow money and no interest charges for 8 months. I've used this facility before for high value purchases and have not occurred any hidden fees / payments ...
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Can employee share ownership plan (ESOP) contributions to an RRSP account qualify as HBP repayment?

Can employee share ownership plan (ESOP) contributions to an RRSP account be designated as repayment towards a previous withdrawal made under the Home Buyers' Plan?
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Tax sheltered investment vehicles for retirement in Canada

Is there any investment vehicles to tax shelter income for retirement on top of RRSP & Pension? I know about LIRA. When you switch job you usually get your pension funds transferred into LIRA. ...
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Relationship between RRSP and Pension plan in Canada

What is relationship between RRSP and Pension? I know that contribution to Pension Plan reduces your contribution limit to RRSP but is it only certain kind of Pension Plan or all? Does it matter if it ...
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Can I withdraw from an RRSP for home renovation using the Home Buyer's Plan?

I have withdrawn $15,000 using Canada Home Buyer's Plan from my spouse's RRSP account in the year 2016. The withdrawal was only from spouse's RRSP account, not my account. Now we are planning to do a ...
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Can the Home buyer's Plan (HBP) RRSP repayment start from the same year in which the loan is taken?

I am a first time home buyer and am thinking of making use of the HBP (Home Buyer's Plan). I have $35,000 in RRSP contribution limit. I am planning to deposit $25,000 into my RRSP account and $10,000 ...
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Should I open an RRSP if I don't plan to retire in Canada?

I'm currently working in Canada and my employer offers a program where they match my RRSP contributions up to a certain percentage of my salary. Should I start contributing to RRSP even though I ...
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Cashed RRSP For Startup Venture

I cashed out my RRSP to fund a startup venture. The RRSP value was significant, $100k. It now appears that the startup venture may not proceed. Can I put the money back into an RRSP with minimal ...
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Asset Allocation between TFSA vs RRSP

I have 60K in my TFSA and 15K in my RRSP. Both accounts are maxed out. I want to go with the basic balanced couch potato portfolio: XAW: 40%, VCN: 20%, ZAG: 40%. I've heard that putting stocks in ...
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Is there an easy way to calculate how much you can contribute to an RRSP if you never have before?

Is there a simple way of calculating how much you can contribute to an RRSP if you have never contributed at all?