Tax Free Savings Account

Effective January 1, 2016 the maximum TFSA contribution limit for 2016 has been decreased from $10,000 to $5,500. Accumulated contribution room will not be lost due to this change.

When you invest in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) at Alterna, your money will grow, and you can keep every penny of it. Save for whatever you like — a new car, a home renovation, a vacation, a rainy day — knowing that you won’t have to pay any tax on the interest you earn.

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

  • Select from our high-interest Investment Savings Account, 18-23 month term, 3 and 5 year RateBuilders, a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5-year Fixed Term Deposit or the MarketTracer
  • There are no administration, withdrawal, or transfer fees!*
  • It’s easy—set up an auto-transfer to your TFSA and build your savings over time
  • The TFSA is great complement to your RRSP. Come in and talk to us about your investment strategy

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Want to learn more about this great way to save?

Read the details below, then come in and ask us for advice about your investment strategy. At Alterna we want to help you make your money work as hard as it can for you.

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
$5,500 2017
$5,500 2016
$10,000 2015
$5,500 2014 & 2013
$5,000 2012 - 2009

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.

* Fees for the transfer of a TFSA plan to another institution still apply
** Funds accessible within two days for non-standard withdrawals
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