RRSP contributions: clearing up first-60-days confusion
Posted February 22nd 2012
Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) are used by millions of Canadians to save for their retirement. Some people choose regular contributions every month, while others wait until the RRSP deadline to make their contribution.
RRSPs are one of the few deductions not tied to the December 31 deadline. Medical expenses, transit passes, employment expenses, children’s arts and fitness credits and others are all limited to the calendar year. However, RRSP contributions made in the first 60 days of 2016 may be claimed on your 2015 tax return.
But the first-60-day rule causes quite a lot of confusion. You will receive RRSP receipts for any contributions made in January and February 2016, whether it is a regular monthly contribution or a one-time deposit, and those receipts must be recorded on your 2015 tax return. However, while the contributions must be recorded, you do not have to actually claim them. Instead, you may choose to claim the deduction the following year. The same applies for contributions you made from March to December 2015: you do not need to claim all your contributions if you want to save them for another year.
If you find old RRSP receipts from previous years, you cannot add them to your return this year. You will need to file an adjustment to your previous returns to claim the receipt in the right year.
The first-60-days rules is a great opportunity to save some tax money on your 2015 return, but it can also be confusing. If you want to take advantage of this option, ensure you understand how the rules work.
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