Short and sweet for the year-end

It’s really amazing that another year-end is upon us.    Living just keeps happening and time flies.

Before you know it, we might be at a stage where we’ll need a little financial cushion to help us along.   Hopefully over the years, you’ve been socking away a little savings regularly and that it has grown nicely and steadily for you.

Here again is a reminder to help you along in maximizing your savings and minimizing your taxes along the way.

  • Tax free savings account (TFSA) – building a tax free nest egg  without worrying about future tax liability on the income.
  • Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) – building a tax deferred retirement nest egg, saving you taxes today and hopefully to pay tax in the future when you income is taxed at a lower rate.
  • Regular withdrawal to invest – getting into the habit of forced savings by withdrawing a set amount each payday.   Investing those savings into tax efficient investments will help maximize your savings.  The compounding effect of regular savings can also have a pleasant surprise over time.
  • Spend less.   Think twice before buying will often result in a bigger nest egg.  Remember, this is often from after tax money so your saving has even more bang for the buck.

It’s often said that having family and friends is the most important things to have during the holidays.   This is so true, and you don’t need to spend a huge sum to have a memorable and wonderful time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

SPP contributions is now $6,000 annually!

 

Good news for RRSP contributors.

SPP (Saskatchewan Pension Plan), a defined contribution plan and is available to all Canadians, has increased its annual maximum limit to $6,000 from $2,500, subject to one’s available RRSP room.

Members can take advantage of the increased limit starting with the 2017 tax year.

Its performance for the past year on its Balanced Fund is a respectable 9.7%.

Another unique option over other RRSP plans is its method of contributions.   Aside from normal fund transfers and deposits, it also allows for regular credit card (Visa or Mastercard) contributions.

Click on this link for more information – https://www.saskpension.com/

Note::  RRSP contribution deadline is March 1, 2018 for the 2017 tax year.

CPABC’s RRSP tips for 2016 tax year

As a public service, CPABC is providing resources to assist individuals and businesses prepare their income tax returns, invest in RRSPs, and plan their finances. CPABC’s RRSP and tax tips for the 2016 tax year include important information pertaining to income, deductions, and tax credits.

Here’s the link on everything RRSP: www.rrspandtaxtips.com