Registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) are still one of the most popular ways to save for your retirement. Contributions are tax deductible and taxes are deferred until you withdraw your money.
With a tax-free savings account (TFSA), you don’t pay tax on any money earned or withdrawn. You can contribute to a TFSA at any time, and your unused contribution room is carried forward each year. Use these savings for education, a down payment on a home or other large expenses.
Find out the reasons to invest in a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or tax-free savings account (TFSA) and why an advisor should help you decide.
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Hinata: How do I choose between investing in an RRSP or a TFSA?
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Advisor: Well, first off, it depends on several things,
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Advisor: including your age, income, tax rate, the goal you’re saving for, and how long it’ll be until you need to use the money.
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Advisor: A registered retirement savings plan or RRSP is used to save for retirement.
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Advisor: When you put money into an RRSP, you get a tax receipt that can offset your income taxes.
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Advisor: You only pay tax on this money when you withdraw, and in retirement, you generally pay less tax than in your working years.
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Advisor: A tax-free savings account or TFSA can be used to save for retirement
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Advisor: or any other goal.
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Advisor: When you put money into a TFSA, you don’t get a tax-receipt like with an RRSP.
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Advisor: However, you also don’t pay tax on any increase in value in your TFSA,
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Advisor: or on money you withdraw from it at any date.
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Advisor: RRSP or TFSA or both? I can help you choose the best option for you.
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