RRIFs at a glance
What is a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF)?
A RRIF is a registered plan that acts as an extension of your RRSP. When you retire, funds from your RRSP are transferred to a RRIF.
You can then make withdrawals, which are considered taxable income. The main advantage of a RRIF is that the remaining balance continues to grow tax-free.
Useful if you’re looking to:
- Convert your RRSP to a source of retirement income
- Let your investments grow tax-free ahead of your retirement
- Withdraw the balance in part or in full at any time
- Transfer your assets to your spouse tax-free on your death
You must convert your RRSP to a RRIF no later than December 31 of the year you turn 71. If you don’t, the government will close your RRSP. Your RRSP savings will then be considered taxable income.
Minimum annual withdrawal
Varies depending on your age
The government requires you to make a minimum withdrawal from your RRIF each year. The minimum percentage is based on your age. You can make withdrawals as often as you like.
Is your spouse younger than you? When you first open your RRIF, use their age rather than your own to calculate your minimum withdrawal, to defer paying taxes for longer.
RRIF withdrawals that exceed the minimum withdrawal amount are added to your taxable income. This means that they are subject to withholding taxes at source.
Let an advisor help you prepare for this important step.