A Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is an investment account that lets you earn interest on your money without having to pay tax on that interest. Additionally, the money you contribute to an RRSP comes off your income to help you save on income tax now.
An RRSP can be invested in a variety of products like savings accounts, GICs, Mutual Funds*, ETFs*, and Index-Linked GICs*. The choice is very personalized, a PenFinancial Advisor can help you.
The total amount you can contribute to an RRSP includes your contribution limit for the current year plus any “carry-forward” contribution room from previous years.
Your RRSP contribution limit for the current year is 18% of earned income reported on your tax return in the previous year, up to a government-set maximum.
Wondering what your current RRSP contribution room is? The Canada Revenue Agency reports your RRSP contribution room on your most recent Notice of Assessment, or online through your CRA MyAccount.
TFSAs and RRSPs work in different ways. The money you contribute to a RRSP actually reduces your income and offers you tax breaks in the year you contributed. That's great, but remember when you begin to withdraw from a RRSP down the road, you’ll be taxed on that money as income.
The money you contribute to a TFSA doesn’t reduce your income for the year, so don’t expect a big tax refund because of it. But on the bright side, when you withdraw from your TFSA, it doesn’t count as income like an RRSP.
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