What Is A TFSA?
A TFSA is a government-registered account that allows you to grow your savings tax-free. Any Canadian resident 18-years or older with a valid Canadian Social Insurance Number can open a TFSA. It's also a multi-purpose account that lets you hold savings as well as higher interest-earning investments.
Unlike an RRSP, which is not meant to be accessed until your retirement, a TFSA allows you to withdraw your savings if the need arises, without paying tax. Plus, you can re-contribute the amount of your withdrawal the very next year.
Unlike an RRSP, TFSA contributions are not tax-deductible.
A TFSA is perfect for:
Building a financial cushion
Growing your money tax-free
Saving for short and long term goals or projects
Saving for retirement beyond the RRSP contribution limit
What Investment Products Can I Put In A TFSA?
Your TFSA can contain the following investment products and accounts, where you pay no tax on interest earned, income, dividend, or withdrawals:
Guaranteed investment certificates (GICs)
Cash (Investment Account*)
Exchange traded funds
High-interest savings account
How Do I Invest?
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You can make regular contributions to your TFSA throughout the year. However, it is your responsibility to make sure you do not go over your maximum yearly contribution limit. Any unused contribution room is carried forward from previous years. For example, if you’ve never contributed to a TFSA before, you can contribute up to $88,000 in 2023.
The TFSA contribution limits start accumulating once you turn 18 years old. Any over-contributions are subject to penalties and interest.
2023 Annual limit: $6,500
2023 Cumulative limit: $88,000
Primary Use: TFSAs are typically considered a multipurpose account used to save for short or long-term goals e.g. a car, travel, or house. RRSPs are typically used to save for retirement.
Eligibility: You must be the age of the majority in your province or territory of residence to open a TFSA. Anyone in Canada that has a valid SIN, files a tax return and earns employment income can open an RRSP.
Unused Contribution Room: Your unused contribution room is carried forward for TFSAs and RRSPs.
Withdrawals: You can withdraw money any time, tax-free from a TFSA. RRSP withdrawals are taxable, subject to certain exceptions.
Withdrawn Amounts: Funds withdrawn from your TFSA are added back to the following year's contribution room. Your contribution room is lost for the amount you withdraw from an RRSP - this is subject to certain exceptions.
Taxation: Contributions made to your TFSA are not tax-deductible. RRSP contributions are tax-deductible. This means any contributions you make may reduce the amount of tax you pay on your personal income.
Plan Maturity: An RRSP matures at the end of the calendar year in which you turn 71. There is no maturity age limit for a TFSA.
Spousal Plan: You can contribute directly to a spousal RRSP. There are no spousal TFSAs.
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