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Difference Between TFSA and RRSP

business-1TFSA vs. RRSP

In the realm of taxation, retirement and savings, two concepts usually come into play, especially in the Canadian regions. These are the TFSA and the RRSP. Individuals often find it difficult to choose which one is right for them. Nevertheless, each plan has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. To understand more about what each savings scheme entails, continue to read.

TFSA is a Tax Free Savings Account that offers tax privileges if one plans to save in Canada, whereas RRSP is completely known as Registered Retirement Savings Plan, and this scheme is practically devised for the ultimate goal of having savings at the retirement stage.

TFSA, in technical sense, is actually the exact opposite of RRSP. The latter has certain tax deductions for its individual contributions. Upon withdrawal of the funds or contributions, they will also be taxed, including the investment income. Conversely, it is quite obvious that the TFSA does not have taxes. One can also put $5,000 in a TFSA account in a year’s time, which can be withdrawn electively whenever the need arises, without the hassle of expensive penalties and the like. In addition, this scheme does not have an expiry. Hence, an individual can withdraw funds even if he or she is already in his or her 80’s, or is even older. In the case of RRSPs, the funds must be taken before the contributor reaches the age of 71 years old.

In addition, there is no such thing as a spousal plan in TFSA. Contributors can just give some funds to their legal spouse who, in turn, invests the funds in their TFSA. Whatever income earned from this method will never be credited back to the original contributor’s main account.

A certain firm in Canada (the CRA) has also mentioned that the two schemes are basically different in the sense that an RRSP is made for retirement, whereas, TFSAs are just like RRSP, but are also for other things in your life.

Thus, you must first conduct a thorough research on the nature of these two saving schemes. You can also reach out to your local banks and credit firms before investing anything in either a RRSP or TFSA. In the end, choose the scheme that best suits your needs.

1. RRSP is more for retirement purposes compared to the TFSA

2. RRSP employs tax deductions when the payer gives his or her individual contributions, and when funds are withdrawn.

3. TFSA does not have an expiry with regards to the withdrawal of funds when compared to the RRSP.


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