Tax Free Savings Account

If you’re going to save, why not save tax-free?

  • No administration, withdrawal, or transfer fees!*
  • It’s easy—set up an auto-transfer to your TFSA and build your savings over time
Here are some ways for you to save:


Investment Savings Account
A much higher rate than a regular savings account


RateBuilders

Choose from our 3 and 5 Year RateBuilder rates


Term Deposits

A wide range of term deposits that fits your investment plan


MarketTracer

Guaranteed principal and potential for higher returns



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TFSA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Who can benefit from a TFSA?

  • All Canadians with a valid Social Insurance Number who are at least 18 years of age may hold a TFSA
  • Seniors who must withdraw from RRSP savings—there is no maximum age for holding a TFSA
  • Those wishing to ‘park’ their money before committing to another type of investment
  • Anyone who wishes to save and keep what they earn!

Contributions

  • You can only contribute to your own TFSA
  • Contribution limit is not tied to income
  • Contributions are not tax deductible
Contribution Limit Year
$6,000 2019
$5,500 2018
$5,500 2017
$5,500 2016
$10,000 2015
$5,500 2014 & 2013
$5,000 2012 - 2009

Tip! Don’t overdo it. Take care not to invest beyond your own contribution limit. For each month that an over-contribution remains in your TFSA, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will charge a penalty tax of 1% per month on the excess amount. Just be sure that you don’t contribute more than your yearly limit allows.

Unused Contribution Room

  • If you don’t maximize your contribution in a given year, the remaining ‘contribution room’ accumulates and can be used in future years
  • CRA will confirm your contribution room on your Notice of Assessment
  • Unused contribution room is carried forward indefinitely, so you can ‘catch-up’ in future years
  • You can take money out of your TFSA. The withdrawal will increase your contribution room for the following year

Example: In 2009, Sarah invests $5,000 in a TFSA. Later that year, she withdraws $3,000 for a vacation, but her plans change and she is not able to go. Since Sarah has no unused TFSA contribution room left, she will have to wait until 2010 to deposit the $3,000 back into her TFSA.

Withdrawals

  • You may withdraw from your TFSA**, but keep in mind that you’re bound to the terms of your investment product
  • Withdrawals are not reported as taxable income and are not subject to income tax
  • Withdrawals will not impact eligibility for federal income tested benefits and credits such as OAS, GIS, Age Credit, GST, EI, child-tax benefit, or working income tax benefit

Restrictions and Transfers

  • The amount inside a TFSA is transferable to another TFSA owned by you (but may be restricted by the terms of your investment product)
  • A person may hold more than one TFSA, but must abide by the annual contribution limit
  • A TFSA is transferable to a spouse/common-law partner on the break-down of a relationship or on the death of a holder (must be named as successor holder on the application)
  • TFSAs are individual investments and are not able to be set up as joint investments
  • Spousal contributions are not permitted

You can start saving tax-free today with an Alterna TFSA. Ask us about the best TFSA for you.

TFSA Declaration of Trust (PDF)

* Fees for the transfer of a TFSA plan to another institution still apply
** Funds accessible within two days for non-standard withdrawals Ask us about TFSA terms and conditions

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