RRSP questions and answers
With contribution deadlines, tax slips, and contribution receipts, the RRSP and Tax season can be a hectic time of year. Here are some key dates to keep in mind.
In January, Fidelity will be sending out registered account documents for the tax year that just came to an end including: Year-end statements, annual fund performance reports, tax slips related to investment income or withdrawals, RRSP contribution receipts, and IRS tax slips for those who need them.
In February, Fidelity will be sending out similar account documents for non-registered accounts.
SUPER: February 29
Is the RRSP contribution deadline for the tax year. Receipts related to any contributions you make during these “first 60 days” will be issued by mid-March.
SUPER: RRSP contribution limit CAD $30,780 or 18% of earned income reported, whichever is less.
Any unused contribution room from previous years is also carried forward.
You can receive your documents up to 2 weeks earlier, and save a few trees, by signing up for our eDelivery service! It’s a fast and secure way to view and download your account documents online, anytime, once you register for access at fidelitypaperless.ca.
Whenever a new document is available, we will immediately notify you by email.
We know how hard you work to get ahead. We’re here with the people and support to help you stay ahead.
Call us from 8am to 8pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday at 1-800-263-4077.
RRSP contribution deadline is February 29th, 2024.
Tax slips and statements
Q. Do I have access to 2023 tax year documents through ﬁdelity.ca?
A. Yes: if you have a login proﬁle, you will have access to all applicable tax documents since the inception of your account.
Q. I do not have a login proﬁle on ﬁdelity.ca and I need 2023 tax year duplicate documents. Where do I obtain these duplicate documents?
A. You can obtain 2023 tax year duplicate documents by contacting our Client Relations department at 1 800 263-4077. We are ready to support you from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET.
Q. I believe the information on my tax documents is incorrect. Where should I communicate my concerns?
A. You can contact our Client Relations department at 1 800 263-4077. We are ready to support you from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., ET.
Q. How can I determine how much I can contribute to my RRSP account?
A. The amount you can contribute, or your “contribution room,” is determined by your earned income. Your yearly contribution room is based on 18% of your previous year’s earned income, less any pension adjustment. The annual dollar limit varies from year to year: it’s $30,780 for 2023 and it will be $31,560 for 2024.
Thereafter, the limit will be indexed to average wage growth. Keep in mind that unused contribution room can be carried forward indeﬁnitely to future years. CRA will advise you, by notice of assessment, of your contribution room.
Q. I have over-contributed to my RRSP account and I am facing penalties from CRA. How can I correct this?
A. To correct this, you can complete a T3012A form and submit it to CRA. Upon approval, you can submit this form to Fidelity and withdraw the applicable amount, without incurring withholding taxes.
Q. I need to withdraw money from my RRSP account. What is the minimum withholding tax rate applicable to this transaction?
A. Withholding tax rates are based on the gross amount of the withdrawal. The following mandatory minimum withholding tax rates are applicable:*
|Withholding tax rates
|Quebec withholding tax rates
|19% (5% Fed + 14% Provincial)
|24% (10% Fed +14% Provincial)
|$15,000.01 and over
|29% (15% Fed + 14% Provincial)
* Mandatory minimum withholding tax rates for Canadian residents. The above are withholding tax rates, the amount withheld will be applied towards the actual taxes owing calculated with your personal tax return.
Q. Is there a way to withdraw from my RRSP without paying taxes?
A. Yes, there are two special options that allow you to withdraw from your RRSP without paying taxes or including the withdrawals in income when you file your taxes.
- Home Buyers Plan (HBP)
For more information, visit the CRA website.
- Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP)
For more information, visit the CRA website.
Q. I withdrew funds from my Fidelity RRSP account for the Home Buyers Plan/Life Long Learns Plan. I am now required to commence repayments. Do I have to repay the Fidelity RRSP account from which I took the funds, or can I contribute to any one of my RRSP accounts?
A. Repayments under the Home Buyers Plan/Life Long Learns Plan can be made to any of your RRSP accounts. It does not have to be to the same RRSP account from which you made the withdrawals.
Q. I have special permission from CRA that allows me to withdraw funds from my RRSP account without incurring withholding tax. Can Fidelity accommodate this?
A. Fidelity does not administer any special tax treatment for individual unitholders. Fidelity will apply standard tax rules based on CRA guidelines, and it is up to individual unitholders to apply to the CRA for any special tax considerations when they do their tax returns.
Q. I would like to apply for an RRSP loan. Can I apply for this loan through Fidelity?
A. Fidelity does not offer RRSP loans.