Since you’re reading this, we can assume, you’ve been procrastinating your RRSP contribution. And that’s ok. If you put it on the back burner during the year, now’s the time to make up for it.
The goal is to retire the way you want one day. You know those people you see on TV who look relaxed as they sip on a cold drink on the beach in their 60s? Those people had RRSPs.
So here’s what you need to know to get that last-minute RRSP contribution done so one day you can sip cold drinks on a beach carefree.
Know how much you can contribute
Everyone’s contribution room is different because it’s based on your income.
In general, you can contribute up to 18% of your earned income. But it’s always a good idea to double-check your available contribution room through your CRA account to make sure you don’t over contribute. And remember to account for any RRSP contributions from your employer or payroll deductions.
Consider an RRSP Loan
iI you’re still recovering from the holidays and you’re a little short on cash for your contribution an RRSP loan can help you put money in your pocket at a low-interest rate. While it may feel funny to get a line of credit to invest, a little number crunching will show that it can actually help you get ahead. Talk to us to see if this is something you should consider.
Know the deadline for making your RRSP contribution
Repeat it three times: March 2, March 2, March 2. Mark it in your calendar, set up a phone reminder or hire an airplane to fly a banner over your house. March 2 is the deadline to make your 2019 RRSP contribution. Give us a call or book an appointment and we’ll help you get it done.
Make it easy
It’s hard to make investment decisions on the fly, especially with the contribution deadline looming. Luckily, we’ve got your back. You can make your contribution right into our Park-It RRSP. Like the usual term deposit, it gives you a guaranteed interest rate. What makes it special is that you can reinvest it in something else later. Think of it as a warm, cozy place to keep your money until you decide what to do with it.
Automate it for next year
Ease the stress of having to make one big RRSP contribution by setting up a pre-authorized credit or recurring automated transfers. Check your budget to see what you can afford, and set it up to be automatically transferred to your RRSPs after each paycheque. Don’t worry about starting big—even a little adds up over time. If you start doing this today then by next February you’ll forget what the last-minute crunch felt like.
Now that you’re prepped with what you need to know to make your last-minute RRSP contribution, give us a shout and we’ll help you out.