We have had a lot of doom and gloom in the news lately. High inflation, possible recession, war in Ukraine just to name a few. It can be hard to find positives in the daily news cycle, or when watching the markets.
That being said, we do have some good news for your TFSA.
A small consolation of the high inflation (cost of living) is the government has raised the 2023 TFSA contribution limit to $6,500. This is a $500 increase from 2022.
This means anyone over 18 can contribute $6,500 as of January 1st, 2023.
It’s important to note that the limit only applies to clients who have contributed the maximum amount in previous years. In other words, unused contribution space accumulates over time and can be carried forward to future years. According to the latest estimate from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), only 10 per cent of clients contribute their total TFSA limits.
With $6,500 in new available contribution space coming in January, the total allowable space for those 18 years or older when the TFSA was introduced in 2009 will be $88,000.
Your available contribution room is based on contributions and withdrawals made over the years. You can find yours through your CRA “May Account”
The TFSA Advantage
Since its introduction in 2009, the TFSA has become a fantastic tax-free investment option for everyone.
Your money can be withdrawn at any time and investment returns - be they capital gains from equities sold, or income from Canadian dividends and fixed income - are “tax free”.
In non-registered accounts, by comparison, half of capital gains are taxed and most income is fully taxed at your marginal rate. Dividends are also subject to full taxation, but tax credits can be applied against payouts from eligible companies.
As another comparison, An RRSP is basically a tax deferral. Contributions can be deducted from taxable income Those same contributions - along with the returns they generate over time - are fully taxed when withdrawn again at your marginal rate.
Unlike RSPS, TFSA contributions cannot be deducted from taxable income.
The TFSA is great for short-term savings goals like education or vacations but has also become a very effective retirement tool as the allowable contribution amount grows. With proper planning, TFSA funds can be used as a source of Tax-Free income. This can be very advantages, especially if you are in higher tax bracket come retirement.
A word of caution, many investors contribute to their TFSAs through more than one institution and it’s the account holder who will be penalized if they exceed their limit.
Contribution space from TFSA withdrawals can not be reclaimed until the following calendar year. If you maxed out your TFSA and made a withdrawal in 2022, as an example, you need to wait until 2023 in order re-contribute. That is why it is important to confirm your room through your CRA “May Account”
Investment options for a TFSA
Like a RRSP, a TFSA can hold just about any type of investment including GICs, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) just to name a few.
I ensure your portfolios tailored for any time horizon, risk level or personal goals.
I have spent my professional life helping my clients build the financial plan that is right for them. I work hard to listen to your needs and help you find your goal.
If you want to discuss how a TFSA can benefit your financial future, send me an email [email protected] or give me a call at (519) 279-0186. You can also book an appointment through my website: www.bjkfinancialgroup.ca
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