RRIF money: What’s the best way to maximize it?

Contrary to opinion that is popular withdrawing extra to attenuate high post-mortem taxes might not make economic sense

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By Julie Cazin and Alan Norman

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Q.: You will find always thought that zeroing your registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) or Lifetime Income Fund (LIF) amongst the ages of 85 and 90 may be the way that is best to minimize end-of-life taxes. I came. However, I recently wondered what the outcome would be if I made a minimum withdrawal that is annual made the funds tax-free, and paid extremely high taxes when my last spouse passed on.

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Article contentI happened to be surprised. My numbers revealed that the approach that is best is to make minimal withdrawals and pay high taxes at the end of your life. What do the numbers tell us about two radically different approaches to maximizing the RRIF/LIF position that is after-tax?

— Regards, John from Calgary

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John, lots of people say they would like to withdraw funds from RRIF before they die. Quite often, these people were told that a parent died in addition to their estate paid a amount that is large taxes, or they would lose 50% of their RRIF in taxes when they died.

Not 50%, but depending on the continuing state, the most lost through taxes ranges from 40% to 47%. Still, it’s difficult whenever you work your entire life to save lots of that money that is much you can lose nearly half of it when you die.

People will be eyeing the final tax bill, and I can understand why. We are taxed all our lives. Income, purchase of goods or services, sale of a property that is second etc. Taxes, taxes, taxes, everywhere. So when we die, another 40% to 47% tends to be lost. It is it certainly the thing that is right withdraw more money than you need from RRIF to support your lifestyle goals?

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Withdrawing extra money from RRIF, the tax shelter available to all working Canadians, means you have to put your money somewhere else if you’re not using it. It can be added by you to some other tax shelter, a Tax Free family savings (TFSA). This is the usual method if there are no unregistered investments available to replenish the TFSA in most cases. Better to add money that is unregistered TFSA. Unregistered cash is not tax protected. This may be could be safer to take it off from RRIF.

But what you have unregistered investments, and you want to maximize how much money you leave for your children? would look like this: By paying a little extra in taxes today, will I be able to save tax money when I die and leave more money for my children?

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Additionally, you should pay taxes on ongoing interest, dividends, or capital gains on unregistered investments. Also, that income tends to be transferred to the tax that is next or as an Old Age Security (OAS) or an age credit. Finally, when you die, you shall pay capital gains tax in the development of your investment.

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In many cases the solution is not any. The bigger the tax that is marginal, the less it makes sense to withdraw additional funds from the RRIF to invest in unregistered accounts. Also, the more conservative your investment approach is (for example, it makes sense to withdraw more from the RRIF.

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This ad has not loaded yet, however your article continues below. www.atlantisfinancial.caArticle content[email protected]Of course, every person’s situation is significantly diffent, so be mindful about generalizations. John, congratulations on doing a run that is preliminary of numbers yourself and not getting lost in focusing solely on his RRIF taxation at the time of his death.

But please me. That you intentionally left money in her RRIF so she can leave more money if you have children, let her know. Or you’ll only see tax bills and you’ll wonder why dad or financial her planner should do such a thing that is silly leave all the money in her RRIF . Seeing how thoughtful your approach was to RRIF, they’ll be convinced you made the most of your property and money.

Allan Norman, M.Sc., CFP, CIM, RWM provides commission-only certified planning that is financial through Atlantis Financial Inc. Allan is also registered with Aligned Capital Partners Inc. as an investment advisor. Apply Also

This commentary is provided as a general source of information and is not intended as individual investment advice.

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