The RRSP or the Registered Retirement Savings Plan is a Canadian account registered with the federal government and the accounts characteristics are based on holding investment assets and savings. The RRSP was first introduced in 1957 to encourage employees to save for their retirement. However, there are certain rules and regulations that determine the timing of the contribution, the tax credit, the claim of the contributing value, the asset allowed, the maximum contribution and the conversion to RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund) during retirement.
There are a lot of benefits of having an RRSP as a savings options for retirement and here a just a few:
Tax Deductions on Contributions
Your RRSP contribution is basically a claim for a deduction on your tax returns. For instance, you’re positioned on the top tax bracket and every $1,000 that you contribute decreases your tax amount by approximately $460. However, if you find yourself with lower income, in a year you can carry forward your deductions for your contribution to the next year when your income increases. This way even though you would be in a higher tax bracket your tax savings would be greater.
Tax Free Savings
As long as your investment earnings stay within the RRSP you won’t have to pay any tax. Instead this investment earning is tax free; since it is compounded, your savings increase much faster.
Converting Your RRSP to Regular Payments during Retirement
If you’re looking for regular payments then you can convert your RRSP tax free savings into an annuity or a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) which pays out regular payments when you retire, but you’ll have to pay tax on the regular payments that are made.
Reducing Your Combined Tax Payment by Opting For a Spousal RRSP
If you’re thinking about helping your spouse with their tax free savings account, you can easily contribute especially if you earn more than your spouse. The both of you can go for a spousal RRSP, where on retirement the amount will be split equally amongst you two and thus reduces the total tax amount that you have to pay.
To Pay For Your Home or Education You Can Borrow From Your RRSP
If you’re thinking about borrowing money from your RRSP, you can take out up to $20,000 for the payment of yourself or your spouse’s education according to the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP). You can borrow up to $25,000 as a down payment for your home according to the Home Buyers Plan (HBP). You won’t have to pay any tax.
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