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What's a TFSA?

A TFSA, or Tax-Free Savings Account is a government program that allows those 18 or over to save money tax-free. You won’t get taxed on the interest made on your investment, even when it’s withdrawn.

It really is tax-free.

Whether your TFSA is earning interest, dividends or capital gains, you won’t be taxed, even when the investment is withdrawn. This tax-free compound growth means that your money grows more quickly inside a TFSA than in a taxable account. Investment income and capital gains earned in a TFSA are not taxed, even when you withdraw money from the account.

Income earned and withdrawals made from a TFSA do not affect your eligibility for federal tax credits or income-tested benefits such as the Canada Child Tax Benefit, Old Age Security (OAS) or the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

Additional information is available on the Canada Revenue Agency's website.

Key features:

  • Investment income earned in a TFSA plan, including capital gains, will not be taxed, even when withdrawn
  • Unused TFSA contribution room can be carried forward to future years
  • There is no maximum age limit to open or hold a TFSA
  • There's no deadline for your contributions

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How much can I contribute to my TFSA in a year?

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  • Your contribution room carries over each year, so if you just opened your account, don’t worry, you still have the contribution room you’ve been eligible for since 2013. And even though we know you'd hate to bank anywhere else, remember that any contributions you may have made at other financial institutions count towards your total contributions as well.
  • If you make a withdrawal from your TFSA during the year and you have already contributed the maximum, don't contribute again until the following year. If you do over-contribute, you'll be penalized by the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • You can set up the TFSA to transfer directly to your spouse or common law partner upon your death, as long as he or she is named beneficiary on your TFSA.

Find out more about TFSA contribution room on the Canada Revenue Agency's website.

What types of investments can I hold in my TFSA plan?

Coast Capital Savings customers will be able to hold a wide range of investments in their TFSA plan such as savings accounts, term deposits and mutual funds. Learn more

What's the difference between a TFSA and an RRSP?

Do contributions reduce your taxable income?NoYes
Are these funds subject to income tax when withdrawn?NoYes
Is interest earned on these investments tax sheltered?YesYes
Can these funds be withdrawn anytime, for any reason, without being taxed?YesNo

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