Why It’s a Mistake for Business Owners to Invest in an RRSP
By Kaylin Fitzsimons
Don’t get us wrong, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) are great for employees and business owners who have uncertain annual profits. But for highly successful business owners, many have found that their business is their best investment and their best tax shelter! Therefore, the money retained in your corporation becomes your pension plan, whether it be accounts receivable, property, passive investments, and/or permanent life insurance policies.
With proper financial planning, passive investments in your corporation can help you lower the taxes you pay to fund your lifestyle at each stage of life. Here are 3 reasons why it may be a mistake for business owners to invest in an RRSP.
Saving in Your Corporation vs. Saving in an RRSP
Since business owners pay either 12.2% or 26.5% in tax on income earned and then contributed to an RRSP, keeping funds in the business can often be a better move tax-wise. It will help you accumulate more wealth on an after-tax basis that can be used to fund your lifestyle.
For instance, time in the market with passive investments in your company could potentially generate capital gains that are taxed at as little as 10%. In this case, you have 90% left over to use as you see fit. You can take 50% of the gain as tax-free dividends to spend on your current lifestyle and leave 40% retained in your company for retirement. These capital gains take time to accumulate, but it is a great way to plan for large expenses such as college education for your children or planning for your dream retirement lifestyle.
Do You Really Expect to Receive Retirement Income From the Canadian Pension Plan?
In order to qualify for the annual RRSP contribution, you must take wages as income, which requires a contribution to the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP). As a business owner, you are considered both the employer and employee, which means you mustmake both contributions to the CPP.
Many successful business owners prefer to take dividends annually to fund their lifestyle instead of taking wages so they are able to keep the wealth that would have gone
to CPP in their corporation to fund their own retirement rather than relying on the governments CPP.
High Taxes on RRSP Income in Retirement
When you convert your RRSP to a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) at retirement, the income received will be subject to tax. Depending on your tax bracket, you could be paying tax at the highest marginal rate.
Alternatively, your retirement assets in your company can be structured to provide you with retirement income in the form of eligible dividends, tax-free dividends, return of capital, and insured retirement plans. In this case, you have the control and flexibility to minimize the tax you pay in retirement.
In short, the earlier you invest in your company rather than an RRSP, the more you are able to enhance your lifestyle, and create more wealth for retirement.
Keeping Your Wealth in Your Business
An RRSP is a useful tool for saving for retirement, but it doesn’t always make the most sense for successful business owners. There are other ways to retain wealth in your business and build a tax-efficient stream of income in retirement. To learn more about how to use your business wealth to fund your future lifestyle, reach out to us today! Call 416-792-2333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started today.
Kaylin Fitzsimons is an Insurance Advisor at Lifecycle Wealth, providing tax-efficient insurance solutions to high-net-worth professionals and business owners in Ontario, Canada. She is also an investment advisor at Mandeville Private Client Inc., which allows her to offer a wide range of investment options to her clients, including private and alternative fund solutions. Kaylin is focused on using insurance to add value to her clients’ lives and designing investment portfolios that allow her clients to minimize taxes. Kaylin is dedicated to helping her clients save money, make the most of their hard work, and experience confidence that their businesses and families are protected through tailored strategies.
Kaylin graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies. In her free time, she enjoys cooking or visiting her favorite restaurants, traveling, spending time with her son, and learning about different cultures. To learn more about Kaylin, connect with her on LinkedIn.
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