Opting for a registered plan lets you grow your savings tax-free until withdrawal. Contributions to an RRSP are also not counted as taxable income.
With a non-registered account, investment income is taxed but withdrawals are not.
Registered plans are subject to an annual contribution limit, after which you will be charged taxes or penalties. Contribution room for RRSPs is capped at 18% of your annual income. The 2019 limit for TFSAs is $6,000, and you can put up to $50,000 total in an RESP.
There is no limit for non-registered accounts. You're free to save much as you want.
There is no age limit for non-registered accounts, so this is a good option if you're over 71. A non-registered account is also useful if you have maxed out your TFSA or RRSP.
See how you can save with a TFSA
|| 20 years
|Rate of return1
|Total investment value after 20 years
|In this example, you save $6,399 in taxes with a TFSA ($43,078 – $36,679 = $6,399)
The information in this graph is hypothetical and for information purposes only. The calculations are provided as examples and are intended only to illustrate the difference between holding investments in a TFSA vs. non-registered account over the designated period under identical conditions.
The actual returns on your investment are based on your portfolio and investment date and may be higher or lower than the information presented here. This data creates no legal or contractual obligation for National Bank of Canada or its subsidiaries.