Please note that the following document, although believed to be correct at the time of issue, may not represent the current position of the CRA.
Prenez note que ce document, bien qu'exact au moment émis, peut ne pas représenter la position actuelle de l'ARC.
Principal Issues: Can a Financial Institution accept a contribution to an annuitant’s RRSP from a third party who is not the annuitant’s spouse?
Position: Yes, provided that the payment is made at the direction or with the concurrence of the annuitant of the RRSP.
Reasons: Payment would be considered to be premium paid to the RRSP by the annuitant.
CLHIA Roundtable - May 2019
Question 3 – Third Party RRSP contributions
Contribution rules relating to RRSPs are well understood. But there appears to be some ambiguity in those rules when compared to those that apply to more recently introduced deferred income arrangements, such as Tax Free Savings Accounts.
A. Can a Financial Institution accept a contribution to an annuitant’s RRSP from a third party who is not the annuitant’s spouse - i.e. drawn on a bank account that does not belong to the annuitant?
B. If yes, should the Financial Institution issue the receipt to the annuitant or the third party?
C. Does the answer to the above questions depend on the relationship between the annuitant and the third party?
D. Does the answer to question A change if the Financial Institution collects a representation from the annuitant that the amount being contributed by the third party is a gift to them or otherwise constitutes funds belonging to the annuitant?
A. Yes. Provided that the payment is made at the direction or with the concurrence of the annuitant of the RRSP, we would generally treat it as a premium paid to the RRSP by the annuitant for the purposes of the various deduction provisions in the Act for RRSP contributions. If the payment was considered a gift to the RRSP, it would not be deductible but would be included in the calculation of Part X.1 tax on excess contributions.
B. The contribution receipt should be issued to the annuitant, not the third party. However, no receipt should be issued where the payment is considered a gift to the RRSP.
D. The RRSP issuer should have sufficient evidence to determine the appropriate income tax treatment of the payment.
May 14, 2019
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