Tax Free Savings Account

Saving for your dream vacation? Building an emergency fund for a rainy day?
A Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a great way to save money – tax free.

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What is a TFSA?

A Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) is an investment account that lets you earn interest on your money, without having to pay tax on the interest you earn. You can use your TFSA for any savings goals. You can withdraw from a TFSA at any time without having to pay tax.

You can invest money in a TFSA using a variety of products, but there’s a limit to how much money you can put in it.

Unused annual contributions can be carried forward to future years, and withdrawals can be put back in the TFSA the following year without reducing contribution room, meaning it's super flexible as well. It’s no wonder why it has become one of the most popular ways Canadians save money.


Where can I invest my TFSA?

A TFSA can be invested in a variety of products like savings accounts, GICs, Mutual Funds*, ETFs*, and Index-Linked GICs*. The choice is very personalized, your PenFinancial Advisor can help.


Is there a limit to how much I can invest?

You have to be at least 18 years old to invest in a TFSA, and the government sets limits on how much money you can put into a TFSA.

Over-contributing to a TFSA carries hefty penalties, so be sure to know your limit.

Connect with a PenFinancial Advisor, check your most recent Notice of Assessment, or login to your CRA MyAccount to see your current contribution limit.

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Which is better for me, an RRSP or TFSA?

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. Great, but 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.

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Note *Mutual funds and other securities are offered through Credential Securities, a division of Credential Qtrade Securities Inc. Credential Securities is a registered mark owned by Aviso Wealth Inc. Mutual funds are offered through Credential Asset Management Inc. Online brokerage services are offered through Qtrade Investor, a division of Credential Qtrade Securities Inc. VirtualWealth is a trade name of Credential Qtrade Securities Inc.
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