Benefits of RRSPs
RRSP deposits reduce your annual taxable income by the amount of the eligible contribution, lowering the tax you pay so you can keep more in your pocket. The amount you contribute to your RRSP is claimed as a tax deduction, therefore reducing your “earned income” and saving you income tax.
Your investments grow, tax deferred, while invested in the RRSP. The money you earn on your contributions stay in your RRSP. You don’t pay tax on it until you take it out of the plan. It is an ideal way to harness the power of compound interest and supplement your retirement income. This is beneficial to those of us who will earn less in retirement than we do working today.
Income splitting can be achieved through a spousal RRSP which allows the higher income earning spouse to contribute to an RRSP in their spouse’s name. This helps even out retirement income and lowers your combined taxes both now and in retirement.
Retirement Income Source
By contributing to your RRSPs now, you will have more money at your disposal when you retire. If you are only receiving government pensions, this may give you the extra income needed to maintain the lifestyle you have grown accustomed to. If you also have a pension plan from work, this increased money will allow you to travel more or do other activities that interest you.