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Benefits of a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA)

Published on: June 3rd, 2021

Are you a saver? Setting money aside for a home reno or a bucket list adventure? Maybe you don’t have any RRSP contribution room left and need another place to save for your retirement. Whatever you are saving for, you should explore the benefits of using a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA).

What is a TFSA?

A TFSA is a registered account that Canadian residents aged 18 and over can contribute to up to the annual limit of $6000. Your contribution room can be carried forward if you don’t use it, and withdrawals can be put back in future years.

If you contribute to your TFSA, don’t expect a tax deduction for it like you get with your RRSP contributions. But don’t worry, there are great tax savings to be had with TFSAs as well.

Tax Benefits

Investment income earned inside your TFSA is tax-free. Interest, dividends and capital gains that you had to report to CRA for your non-registered savings and investments are now sheltered from the taxman. The added benefit is that it remains tax-free even when you take it out. Unlike an RRSP, you are not taxed on any withdrawals from a TFSA, making it a very flexible planning tool.


If you are still confused about whether a TFSA or an RRSP is the right tool for saving, hopefully this chart will help.

 TFSA                                  RRSP
For virtually all savings and investment objectivesPrimarily for retirement savings
Contributions are made with after-tax incomeContributions are tax deductible
Contribution room is added back
when withdrawals are made
Contribution room is used up when
withdrawals are made
Withdrawals are tax freeWithdrawals are added to income and taxed at
your current rate
No requirement to withdraw at any ageMust be converted to a RRIF by age 71; 
withdrawals after that age are mandated 
according to a schedule based on age
Contributions can be made any time
for those age 18 and older
Contributions cease at age 71

TFSAs can hold the same investments as other registered accounts, including:

·      Mutual Funds
·      Segregated Funds
·      Stocks
·      Bonds
·      GICs

Still wondering if the TFSA is for you? Talk to a professional advisor today, as they can help you find the right tool to fit your savings goals.

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