Registered Retirement Income Funds
Kerry Adams
October 15, 2022

Registered Retirement Income Funds

Converting to a RRIF @ age 71

If you hold a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), you face a major decision in the year you turn 71 – what to do with your money.

There are basically two choices:

  1. Cash in your RRSP and claim it all as taxable income
  2. Transfer your RRSP to a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF)

The first choice generates a hefty tax bill and eliminates many of the advantages of having an RRSPin the first place, so generally speaking your most attractive option is likely a RRIF.

You must roll your RRSP to a RRIF before the end of the year in which you turn 71. The following year you must make at least the minimum annual withdrawal from the newly established account. Any income received from a RRIF is considered to be taxable income. The minimum payment is calculated as a percentage using the balance in your account on December 31 of the previous year and your age.

When a RRIF holder dies, the money in the plan is tax deferred if the beneficiary is a spouse or a dependent child or dependent grandchild. If none of these tax deferred options can be used then the full amount of the RRIF is considered taxable income in the year of the account holder’s death. For this reason we always recommend advanced planning when it comes to RRIF accounts. Please keep in mind that 71 is the latest you can convert your RRSP to a RRIF, but often times it makes sense to do this before based on your income and some input from your tax professional.

If you are preparing for retirement please give us a call or send us an e-mail so that we can discuss the many options you have and devise a plan to set-up your RRIF in the most efficient way.

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