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Monday, November 26, 2012

RRSP/RRIF spousal transfers on death - not so automatic

Warning! This post talks about tax. I realize that not everyone finds tax information as interesting as I do, but it's important stuff for all of us.

I'm attaching a link to a blog post by accountant Mark Goodfield, better known as The Blunt Bean Counter. In this post he talks about the transfer of an RRSP or a RRIF from a deceased spouse to a surviving spouse. You might be surprised to find that a spouse can choose simply to take the funds outright rather than receive the funds into his or her own RRSP or RRIF. If that happens, the estate may end up paying the tax.

Click here to read the article, which is very readable and contains tons of good information.

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