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Non-residents of Canada with an eligible SIN number may also open a TFSA, but must pay a 1% monthly tax on all contributions made while not a resident of Canada.
This account was created by the Canadian Federal Government in 2009, with an annual contribution limit of $5000, which has increased in the years since.
The TFSA annual contribution limits from its inception in 2009 through to 2019 are as follows:
Withdrawals also affect the contribution limit, so if a resident withdrew $1000 from their TFSA in 2018 which was at capacity, in 2019 their contribution limit would be $7000 instead of $6000. The limit is indexed annually and rounded to the nearest $500.
The contribution is not deductible from the account-holder’s income, but any interest dividends or capital gains earned from the account, as well as funds withdrawn from the account, are not taxable.
Excess contributions (including withdrawals re-contributed to the plan within the same year) and non-resident contributions are subject to a 1% monthly penalty tax. TFSA assets may be used as loan collateral, but no deduction may be claimed for interest paid on money borrowed for a TFSA contribution. The attribution rules do not apply to income earned in a TFSA from a contribution made by the account-holder’s spouse.
Following the death of an account-holder, his/her TFSA income becomes taxable unless his/her spouse or common-law partner is named as the successor of the account-holder or the account balance is transferred to a designated beneficiary (e.g., spouse, common-law partner, or child).
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