Death and taxes, the only two things that are certain in life. You’ve heard this one before. I think there is a third thing that can be just as stressful, ‘interest payments’ (before this article becomes too depressing, I’m going to share some things that will help to reduce our interest costs and minimize our taxes). Continue reading “Death, taxes and interest payments! Part 1 of 2.”
If you’re planning to buy your first home anytime soon, you may be able to take advantage of a helpful federal government program. This enables you to withdraw money you’ve already contributed to your registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) and use it towards anything related to your home purchase, including your down payment, closing costs or real estate fees.
But, the key is that the funds must be in your account at least 90 days before you can withdraw them under the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP).
You can withdraw up to $25,000 ($50,000 per couple) from your RRSPs tax- and interest-free to buy or build a qualifying home for yourself or a related person with a disability.
Trying to decide what’s the best move can be difficult… and, I must admit, this isn’t an easy subject to tackle. There are so many opinions! But it’s important enough that I’m going to put my two cents into the discussion. (My final recommendations are listed at the bottom if you want to fast forward.)
First, let’s come to the understanding that we’re all different and have unique needs. You must first ask for professional advice in order to make up your own mind. Having said that, I think that, for me, this is actually a very easy decision. Continue reading “RRSP, RESP, TFSA or Mortgage prepayment… Which offers the best bang for my buck?”
Around 20 years ago, the Federal govt introduced the RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan. The goal was to stimulate a depressed housing market in the early ’90s. The plan is really quite simple. First time homebuyers could borrow up to $20,000 from their RRSP to be used towards the purchase of a home. Buy with a spouse or your common-law spouse and you’ve doubled the amount to $40,000.
There really is no catch. You simply have to pay it back to your RRSP plan over a 15 year period. The minimum payment is 1/15th of the amount that you withdrew payable each year. That’s it.
Today, the plan still exists with a slightly higher limit and more flexibility. You can now withdraw up to $25,000 per person… still capped at 2 people max per purchase (married or common-law spouse). You can also participate in the Home Buyer’s plan if you haven’t owned a home in the last 5 years. This can work to your advantage if you previously owned but sold. click here for the full guidelines and qualifications. Continue reading “Federal Govt’s rrsp Home Buyer’s plan nets this couple a $15,000 tax refund.”
Trying to decide what’s the best move can be difficult…. and I must admit, this is not an easy subject to tackle. There are so many opinions…. But it’s important enough that I’m going to put my 2 cents in. My final recommendations are listed at the bottom if you want to fast forward…
First, let’s come to an understanding that we are all different and have different needs…. you must ask for professional opinions and make up your own mind. Having said that, I think that for me, this is actually a very easy decision. Continue reading “RRSP, RESP, TSFA or Mortgage prepayment? Which has the best returns?”