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Subject:        PAYING CLIENT:  RRSP Question
Expert:         taxman@centa.com
Date:           Tuesday February 12, 2008
Time:           08:54 PM -0000

QUESTION:

Hi David,

I have a question for you regarding RRSP contribution (and hopefully you will be able to reply before the dead-line (Feb 29th)). As dead-line to make a contribution into RRSP for the year 2007 is almost here - I'd like to get your opinion on the RRSP Contribution (before we'll meet for my 2007 Taxation in April):

1. Where is better to put my "extra" buck - is it into RRSP or to pay down my mortgage (and do a Smith Maneuver)??
2. What is your general opinion on RRSP?

Thanks in advance,


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david ingram replies:

I will always say that it is better to pay off your mortgage first and buy a leveraged investment account then it is to buy an RRSP.

Read the following:  Good question for Sunday Morning

David Ingram wrote:
Date:           Monday February 11, 2008
Time:           06:43 PM -0000

QUESTION:

We have a WOF RSP that has come due.  Although we got the added provincial tax savings, the principal has gone down.  Our advisor is suggesting putting it into TD bank stocks at approx. 3.4% dividend return, but it costs $125.00 to buy in and the same to sell out.   I'm not sure that is good advise.  What would you recommend?

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david ingram replies:

I will only say that I think that it is usually not a wise thing to put dividend paying stocks with capital gain possibilities into an RRSP or IRA. In spite of that most people do exactly that.  Get your advisor to explain the advantages of receiving dividends and capital gains (why you should invest in Mutual fuinds or stocks) and then get him to explain 'why' or 'how' it is beneficial to give up these wonderful tax advantages to put them in an RRSP.  Do your own spread sheet showing what would happen if you borrowed $100,000 and leveraged an account that went up 8% a year (and made tax dedcutible interest payments) versus putting $5,000 a year into an RRSP  - HINT 2 x's more return outside of the RRSP.

Lots of people disagree with me but this would be a good question for the Sunday morning radio show.

Fred Snyder and I have done several spreadsheets showing that if the stock you buy goes UP, it is better outside of the RRSP. 

In my opinion, not necessarily Fred's but that is what makes a horse race, the only time it is better to put stock in an RRSP is if it goes down because you get a bigger write-off.

This is also true of IRA accounts in the US by the way although not som much at lower incomes.

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This is not intended to be definitive but in general I am quoting $900 to $3,000 for a dual country tax return.
$900 would be one T4 slip one W2 slip one or two interest slips and you lived in one country only (but were filing both countries) - no self employment or rentals or capital gains - you did not move into or out of the country in this year.
 
$1,200 would be the same with one rental
 
$1,300 would be the same with one business no rental
 
$1,300 would be the minimum with a move in or out of the country. These are complicated because of the back and forth foreign tax credits. - The IRS says a foreign tax credit takes 1 hour and 53 minutes.
 
$1,600 would be the minimum with a rental or two in the country you do not live in or a rental and a business and foreign tax credits  no move in or out

$1,700 would be for two people with income from two countries

$3,000 would be all of the above and you moved in and out of the country.
 
This is just a guideline for US / Canadian returns
 
We will still prepare Canadian only (lives in Canada, no US connection period) with two or three slips and no capital gains, etc. for $200.00 up.
 
With a Rental for $400, two or three rentals for $550 to $700 (i.e. $150 per rental) First year Rental - plus $250.
 
A Business for $400 - Rental and business likely $550 to $700
 
And an American only (lives in the US with no Canadian income or filing period) with about the same things in the same range with a little bit more if there is a state return.
 
Moving in or out of the country or part year earnings in the US will ALWAYS be $900 and up.
 
TDF 90-22.1 forms are $50 for the first and $25.00 each after that when part of a tax return.
 
8891 forms are generally $50.00 to $100.00 each.
 
18 RRSPs would be $900.00 - (maybe amalgamate a couple)
 
Capital gains *sales)  are likely $50.00 for the first and $20.00 each after that.

Catch - up returns for the US where we use the Canadian return as a guide for seven years at a time will be from $150 to $600.00 per year depending upon numbers of bank accounts, RRSP's, existence of rental houses, self employment, etc. Note that these returns tend to be informational rather than taxable.  In fact, if there are children involved, we usually get refunds of $1,000 per child per year for 3 years.  We have done several catch-ups where the client has recieved as much as $6,000 back for an $1,800 bill and one recently with 6 children is resulting in over $12,000 refund. 

This is a guideline not etched in stone.  If you do your own TDF-90 forms, it is to your advantage. However, if we put them in the first year, the computer carries them forward beautifully.
 
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