Two Ways To Minimize Tax on Retiring Allowances

Let’s talk about retiring allowances.

Some of you are being offered $40,000 to retire.

How can you avoid paying tax on that income?

There are 2 answers:

If you have sufficient RRSP contribution room, just stuff the whole $40,000 in there.

But you say: “I want to spend that money on a new [fill in the blank]”

Well, that’s not a problem. You can spend it.

But if you manage the tax hit on this, you can spend more.

How do you manage the tax hit? Just spread the withdrawal out over 2 or 3 years.

Withdraw next year when your income is low and you’re in a lower tax bracket.

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Further to that, the tax department, CRA, allow you to tax shelter:

$2,000 per year of service with the employer before 1996.

So, if you started work in 1992, you’re allowed 1992, 1993, 1994 & 1995 @ $2,000 each year = $8,000.

You can put that $8,000 into an RRSP to avoid tax even if you have zero room available.

On top of that, you can put in $1,500 per year prior to 1989 but only if you were not a member of a pension plan.

Read this note from AIM Trimark for details.

There you go.

What’s the goal of all this? To avoid paying tax up front on the $40,000.

Yes, you’ll pay tax when you withdraw but with some tax planning you’ll pay less tax so have more to spend.

Connect with us for tax planning and retirement planning.

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President of Pension Solutions Canada

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