Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA)
Right for you if:
You want to grow your investments tax free.
You want flexibility to withdraw your savings1, tax free, at any time.
A Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) is a registered account in which the income you earn is completely tax-free. You don’t even pay tax when you withdraw funds.
Your TFSA can hold everything including:
Why a TFSA is a great way to save
Use it to save for retirement, a car, vacation, wedding, school – anything you want.
Withdraw funds at any time.1 You can put that amount back into your TFSA the next year, without affecting your contribution room.
If you don’t use up all your contribution room, the unused amount is carried forward year after year*.
Withdrawals aren’t counted as “income” so the money doesn’t affect government benefits, pensions or disability amounts.
No need to collapse the TFSA at a set age.
Every year you gain contribution room in your Tax Free Savings Account. As of January 2018, you can contribute $5,500 annually in your TFSA, plus any unused contribution amount you may have accumulated. However, it’s important to make sure you don’t over contribute†.
Who can contribute?
If you’ve reached the age of majority in your province, have a social insurance number and are a tax resident of Canada, you can open a TFSA and make a contribution.
You can also contribute to your spouse's or partner’s TFSA without affecting your contribution room.
TFSA contribution amounts
If you were 18 or older* in 2009, have been a tax resident of Canada and opened a TFSA in 2018, you could contribute up to $52,000.
TFSA Declaration of Trust
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Frequently asked questions
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If you over-contribute to your TFSA, then the extra amount will be taxed at 1% for every month it’s in your TFSA.
Contribution room begins accumulating from the day you turn the age of majority in your province/territory of residence.
Specific product restrictions may apply.