1. The deadline for making an RRSP contribution for the 2010 tax year is March 1, 2011.
2. RRSP contributions are calculated as 18% of earned income to a maximum of $22,000 for 2010 plus any unused contribution room from previous years. Your 2010 RRSP Deduction Limit (RRSP Limit) is listed at the bottom of your 2009 Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
3. You can contact CRA to find out your RRSP Limit: telephone 1-800-267-6999 or check online at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/
4. CRA levies a penalty of 1% per month on RRSP contributions above the lifetime over-contribution limit of $2,000.
5. Contributing to an RRSP for your spouse may deliver tax benefits if you expect your spouse to have a lower retirement income than you.
6. You can transfer RRSPs between financial institutions without paying tax.
7. If you borrow to make an RRSP contribution, the loan interest is not tax deductible.
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