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FAQ - RSP Withdrawals & Tax Consquences

Todays FAQ was about rsp deductions and the impact of taxes. 


"Greetings Tim,

I need your expertise to help me understand how RRSP withdrawals & taxes held back by the government work.

The government website indicates that anyone withdrawing RRSP's over $15000.00 is required to pay a 30% holding tax to the government. How is this tax calculated at the time of withdrawal? i.e. $30,000.00. What would the taxes withheld by the government be on that amount? 

When given the figures something didn't sit right with me. Want to make sure prior to signing anything." 


For RSP withdrawals. The government mandates that taxes be withheld at source. The amount ( percentage) depends on the total gross withdrawn.

For amounts over 15,000, 30% is deducted and sent to CRA and you receive the net amount.

For your example of $30,000 , 30,000 X 30% = 9000 tax , net to you is 21,000.
The 30,000 becomes taxable income in the year you do the withdrawal. So if your doing this now, it would be year 2023. You will then be taxed for your total income in the year and what we call a marginal tax rate would kick in. You will receive a T4RSP tax slip for year 2023 next year usually by end of Feb 2024. Depending on your taxable income you may or may not owe additional taxes. You get credit for the withheld taxes.

I did a quick example, let’s say your income was 30,000 and all the taxes had been paid up. Your income would now be 60,000 and you would get a refund of 1580. If your income was 60,000 before the RSP income you would owe 186

So the withholding tax kind-a protects you from owing a large amount next tax time.

The next thing to consider, is sometimes people want to have a certain amount of money , so let’s say you want 30,000 to be deposited into your account. The RSP issuer would have to redeem 30,000/(1-.3) = 42857.14 , net (42857.14 * 30% = 12857.14 in taxes, ( 42857.14-12857.14) = 29999.998 =30,000 deposit.

In this case, let’s say the income is 60,000, this brings taxable income to 102857 and amount of tax owing = 1014

If your income was 30,000 pre rsp, then your refund = 1475

Hope that helps you in your decision making process.

We provide a family office service at my firm, so we can give guidance on all these matters. Perhaps we can be of service for your future tax and investment needs.


"Thank you so much Tim.

Your explanation is excellent. It really helped me better understand the calculations behind RSP withdrawals & the taxes that are withheld.

Really appreciate that our friend sent me in the right direction.

Thank you for offering your services. Will certainly keep that in mind.

Sincere gratitude & appreciation" 



RSRP withdrawals up to 5000, the withholding tax is 10%  = 500 on 5000, so you net 4500  ( 20% in Quebec)

Between 5001 to 15,000, the withholding tax is 20%  son let's say a 10,000 request woudl be 2000 deducted, yo net 8000 ( 25% in Quebec) 

If you wanted 10,000 deposited in yoru account 10,000 / (1-.2) = 12500 total reemption  required ( 12500 * 20%=2500, net 12500-2500=10,000

With smaller amounts , depending on your income , you are m,ore likely to owe taxes due to teh marginal tax calculations, expecially if you have a mid to larger income. If your income is lower, not so much. 


Hope that FAQ is helpful. If you have a question, please email me at and will see if we can do up a good FAQ article for you.

Have a blessed day !

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Brock Shores Financial, Family Office providing Omega Stewardship ©

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Retirement Group Plan Omega Stewardship Thinking

"More than half of Canadians over the age of 50 don’t have a retirement savings plan. Why don’t more employees save? Perhaps they don’t see the benefit. Maybe they feel retirement is too far down the line. Or maybe they feel they can’t afford it.

How can your business help buck the trend? An employer contribution match is one of the best perks going in the workforce. It not only helps your company attract and retain top talent—it’s literally free money for the employee, with compound returns sweetening the pot.
By offering an employer match on your sponsored Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), you can help employees at all career stages to save for retirement. "


There is so many options to consider for a companies Group Plan , logistically we need to focus on one to start.

So lets look at Mackenzie as an example of a great portfolio management company that has a good back office and materials to help streamline setting up and taking care of a companies group plan. 

There is some great tools to better understand Retirement Planning Options at this link


Then there is the forms to get, scroll down at the next link 

Will need the Sponsor Application and each member will need a application , TFSA and RSP options. There is a defined pension option as well. For many that might not be a good idea, worth a discussion. 

Mackenzie Investments Group Plans Forms


 That should get any one started, contact us to setup the account as the employer or as an employee

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FAQ 2021

There is a maximum age for RRSPs. When Canadians reach the age of 71 they must close down their RRSPs at the end of the calendar year. Those who have RRSPs have three options when they reach 71. They can:

  • Collapse the RRSP entirely. In practice, this means withdrawing all the money in the account
  • Use the money in the RRSP to purchase what’s known as an annuity
  • Convert the RRSP into a RRIF


You can not invest directly into a RIF, it has to flow through an RSP. So if your older than 71, you can not contribute to a RSP and so you can not shelter money into a RIF either. 


One can invest into a TFSA at these ages though. 


 For some tax tips for 2020


When Can taxes be filed this year ?

The EFILE program is now closed for the electronic filing of your clients’ initial and amended T1 personal income tax and benefit returns.
EFILE and ReFILE services will re-open on Monday, February 22, 2021.



  1. Once we get T1013 processed with CRA we can continue
  2. Next will send them an engagement letter once cra authorization is in place
  3. Then we can down load prior yr to start comparisons so we do not miss anything
  4. Review prior year physical tax returns for familiarity of file
  5. Get 2020 info as available from client or cra
  6. Finalize tax returns, review any items of concern with client
  7. Get T183 signed
  8. Process tax return with CRA
  9. Check assessment once processed, compare with submission
  10. Documents along with tax return and assessment to be given to client, copy may be scanned if business, rental, or emailing to client or high probability of return to e required in future for third party, ie mortgage renewals, etc.



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Year-end planning for RRSPs and TFSAs

Year-end planning for RRSPs and TFSAs (December 2017)

"Wolters Kluwer's insider tips for year end planning, worth reviewing the little details that might apply to you" ~ TLR

For most Canadians, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) don’t become top of mind until near the end of February, as the annual contribution deadline approaches. When it comes to tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs), most Canadians are aware that there is no contribution deadline for such plans, so that contributions can be made at any time. Consequently, neither RRSPs nor TFSAs tend to be a priority when it comes to year-end tax planning.

Notwithstanding those facts, there are considerations which apply to both RRSPs and TFSAs in relation to the approach of the end of calendar year. Failing to take those considerations into account can mean the permanent loss of contribution room, a loss of flexibility when it comes to making withdrawals, or having to pay more tax than required when funds are withdrawn. Some of those considerations are outlined below.

When you need to make your RRSP contribution on or before December 31st

While most RRSP contributions, in order to be deducted on the return for 2017, can be made anytime up to and including March 1, 2018, there is one important exception to that rule.

Every Canadian who has an RRSP must collapse that plan by the end of the year in which he or she turns 71 years of age – usually by converting the RRSP into a registered retirement income fund (RRIF) or by purchasing an annuity. An individual who turns 71 during the year is still entitled to make a final RRSP contribution for that year, assuming that he or she has sufficient contribution room. However, in such cases, the 60-day window for contributions after December 31st is not available. Any RRSP contribution to be made by a person who turns 71 during the year must be made by December 31st of that year.

Make spousal RRSP contributions before December 31

Under Canadian tax rules, a taxpayer can make a contribution to a registered retirement savings plans (RRSP) in his or her spouse’s name and claim the deduction for the contribution on his or her own return. When the funds are withdrawn by the spouse, the amounts are taxed as the spouse’s income, at a (presumably) lower tax rate. However, the benefit of having withdrawals taxed in the hands of the spouse is available only where the withdrawal takes place no sooner than the end of the second calendar year following the year in which the contribution is made. Therefore, where a contribution to a spousal RRSP is made in December of 2017, the contributor can claim a deduction for that contribution on his or her return for 2017. The spouse can then withdraw that amount as early as January 1, 2020 and have it taxed in his or her own hands. If the contribution isn’t made until January or February of 2018, the contributor can still claim a deduction for it on the 2017 tax return, but the amount won’t be eligible to be taxed in the spouse’s hands on withdrawal until January 1, 2021. It’s an especially important consideration for couples who are approaching retirement who may plan on withdrawing funds in the relatively new future. Even where that’s not the situation, making the contribution before the end of the calendar year will ensure maximum flexibility should an unanticipated withdrawal become necessary.

Accelerate any planned TFSA withdrawals into 2017

Each Canadian aged 18 and over can make an annual contribution to a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) – the maximum contribution for 2017 is $5,500. As well, where an amount previously contributed to a TFSA is withdrawn from the plan, that withdrawn amount can be re-contributed, but not until the year following the year of withdrawal.

Consequently, it makes sense, where a TFSA withdrawal is planned within the next few months, perhaps to pay for a winter vacation or to make an RRSP contribution, to make that withdrawal before the end of the calendar year. A taxpayer who withdraws funds from his or her TFSA before December 31st, 2017 will have the amount withdrawn added to his or her TFSA contribution limit for 2018, which means it can be re-contributed as early as January 1, 2018. If the same taxpayer waits until January of 2018 to make the withdrawal, he or she won’t be eligible to replace the funds withdrawn until 2019.

The information presented is only of a general nature, may omit many details and special rules, is current only as of its published date, and accordingly cannot be regarded as legal or tax advice. Please contact our office for more information on this subject and how it pertains to your specific tax or financial situation.
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