Thursday, March 4, 2010

Flaherty feathers his own nest again!


Notice there’s no rollover of an RRSP to a Marshall Savings Plan in Budget 2010, as that would only benefit 2.5 million Canadians whip-sawed by Flaherty but wouldn’t benefit self dealing Jim Flaherty, just this little gem of self interested self dealing:


Rollover of RRSP Proceeds to an RDSP:


When the annuitant under a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) dies, the existing income tax rules generally provide that the value of the RRSP is included in computing the deceased's income for the year of death. However, preferential tax treatment is provided on RRSP distributions made after death to the deceased's surviving spouse or common-law partner, or to children or grandchildren who were financially dependent on the deceased RRSP annuitant. There are two aspects to this preferential tax treatment.
Distributions of the RRSP proceeds to the deceased's surviving spouse or common-law partner, or to a financially dependent child or grandchild, reduce the amount of the deceased's income and are included in the income of the recipient (these distributions are referred to as "refunds of premiums").
If a spouse or common-law partner, or a child or grandchild who was dependent on the deceased annuitant because of physical or mental infirmity, receives a refund of premiums, an offsetting deduction allows the refund of premiums to be transferred on a tax-deferred (or "rollover") basis to the RRSP of the recipient, or used to purchase an immediate life annuity.
Similar rules also apply in respect of Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) proceeds and certain lump-sum amounts paid from Registered Pension Plans (RPPs). For the purposes of this supplementary information, "RRSP proceeds" also refers to RRIF and lump-sum RPP proceeds and "RRSP annuitant" also refers to a RRIF annuitant and an RPP member.

Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) were introduced in Budget 2007 to help parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a child with a severe disability. An RDSP is a tax-assisted savings vehicle in which investment income accumulates tax-free. Canada Disability Savings Grants and Canada Disability Savings Bonds may also be paid by the government into the RDSP. Canada Disability Savings Grants, Canada Disability Savings Bonds and investment income are included in the beneficiary's income for tax purposes when paid out of the RDSP.

Budget 2010 proposes to extend the existing RRSP rollover rules to allow a rollover of a deceased individual's RRSP proceeds to the RDSP of a financially dependent infirm child or grandchild.

An individual who qualifies to be an RDSP beneficiary and who meets the age and residency requirements for RDSP contributions will be eligible to roll over RRSP proceeds received as a result of the death of their parent or grandparent to their RDSP if the requirements under the existing RRSP rollover rules are satisfied (that is, if the RDSP beneficiary was financially dependent on the deceased individual by reason of physical or mental infirmity). An infirm child or grandchild is generally considered to be financially dependent if the child's income for the year preceding the year of death did not exceed a specified threshold ($17,621 for 2010). An infirm child with income above this amount may also be considered to be financially dependent, but only if the dependency can be demonstrated based on the particular facts.

The amount of RRSP proceeds rolled over into an RDSP will not be permitted to exceed the beneficiary's available RDSP contribution room. The lifetime contribution limit for RDSPs is $200,000. The rolled-over proceeds will reduce the beneficiary's RDSP contribution room, but will not attract Canada Disability Savings Grants. These proceeds will be considered private contributions for the purpose of determining whether an RDSP is a primarily government-assisted plan (a plan where Canada Disability Savings Grants and Canada Disability Savings Bonds paid to the plan exceed private contributions made to the plan, and which is consequentially subject to a number of additional requirements). Since the amount of RRSP proceeds rolled over to an RDSP will not have been subject to income tax, the amount will form part of the portion of a disability assistance payment that is included in the beneficiary's income when withdrawn from the RDSP.

The RDSP beneficiary or his or her legal representative will be required to make an election in prescribed form to transfer the RRSP proceeds to the RDSP on a rollover basis. The election would be made at the time of the RDSP contribution and filed with both the Canada Revenue Agency and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada by the RDSP issuer.

These measures will be effective for deaths occurring on or after March 4, 2010.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello:
What's with this? Who has helped Canada become what it is? Seniors who have invested in Canada or RDSP recipients?

What a load of CRAP  - this current government is getting itself in serious trouble - keep it up and see what happens in the next election. I hope I will not be around for the next one.

Regards,

Perry

Anonymous said...

He just has to die first. Some feather.


James Daw

CAITI said...

James:

Is that available to you with your RRSP and your children? No, therefore it is a huge feather. Who are you trying to fool?

Intergenerational wealth transfer available only to Canada's Minister of Finance, the same guy who royally screwed 2.5 million Canadians who believed this jerk's lies.

Some reporter you are? And you reported those lies like they were the truth!

Brent Fullard