New year, new contribution room!

By Jennifer Clyne

2017 reminders

Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) 
•    Make sure to confirm with CRA how much room you have available. The contribution limit is whichever is less $25,370 or 18% of last year's income (minus any pension adjustments), plus any unused contribution room from previous years. The contribution deadline is March 1, 2017.

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) 
•    Don’t miss out on your free grants and bonds from the government. Confirm with us what you need to contribute to receive the maximum amount of grants, as it all depends on your income, catch up room etc. 

Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) 
•    $2500 a year contribution gets you the maximum grant of $500, and you can go back up to one year in catch up. So missed last year’s contribution? Contribute $5000 to receive $1000 from the government.

Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) 
•    Everyone 18 and older has another $5500 more contribution room January 1, 2017. We strongly encourage everyone to max out their TFSAs.

Maxed out all your accounts and still have spare change? Remember you can always save and invest in a non-registered investment account.

Savings tip!

Sometimes it can be challenging to come up with spare change after the holidays to contribute to your registered accounts. Consider setting up monthly contributions to a non-registered investment account, after you have maxed out your registered accounts. By doing this you can build up funds, so that in the new year you already have a pile of dough ready that can be moved to your TFSA, RRSP or wherever. 

If anything doesn’t make sense, give us a call at 1-866-960-1025.