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Reduce post‑retirement taxes

Less tax, more fun

Protect your savings


Are you saving for retirement, or are you already retired and looking to withdraw from your savings plans? Here are some strategies to help minimize tax on your hard-earned savings.

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Your advisor can help you find the right investments for your TFSA or RRSP, or explore different saving scenarios with you to draw up a retirement plan based on your current situation and future goals.

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Ask your advisor about these 4 tax strategies

Ask your advisor about these 4 tax strategies

Take advantage of registered plans

RRSP contributions are deducted from your annual income, lowering your tax bill.

You must transfer your RRSP to a registered retirement income fund (RRIF) no later than December 31 of the year you turn 71. Note that if you don’t wind up your RRSP yourself, the government will close it for you, and you will have to pay tax on the whole amount.

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Plan your withdrawals

Once you’re retired, there’s a minimum annual withdrawal for RRIFs and LIFs1 (a LIF allows you to withdraw the funds from your company pension plan). There is no withholding tax if you withdraw the minimum amount. However, if you withdraw more than the minimum, tax will be deducted at source.

If you don’t need all the money you withdraw immediately, reinvest it in a TFSA: interest and withdrawals are tax-free and won’t impact your eligibility for government programs like the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

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Retired couple holding a small dog
Retired couple holding a small dog
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Take the sting out of your tax bill! With a systematic savings plan you can set up automatic withdrawals to put money aside on a regular basis, so you’ll be ready for the taxman.

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Reduce the minimum withdrawal from your RRIF

The minimum withdrawal for your RRIF is calculated using either your age or your spouse’s age. If your spouse is younger than you, ask for their age to be used to determine your minimum withdrawal. Because income from a RRIF is taxable, it can be beneficial to keep withdrawals as low as possible.

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Split your income

If you have a higher income than your spouse, think about contributing to their RRSP. Why? You’ll pay less tax overall, because two low incomes are taxed less than a single higher income.

You can continue making contributions even if you’re over 71, provided that your spouse hasn’t yet reached the age limit. Remember that your RRSPs should be more or less equal before you retire.

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Advisor hands papers to a retired couple
Advisor hands papers to a retired couple
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Legal disclaimer

1. LIFs are subject to applicable federal and provincial legislation depending on the jurisdiction of the retirement plan from which the funds originated.

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