When you made the decision to become self-employed, you knew there would be trade-offs. The one that likely mattered to you the most was that you were no longer trading your time for money but instead getting paid based on the results of your achievements! There was however, one key benefit available in your former life that you may have given up; the opportunity to belong to a company pension plan.
While being a member of a pension plan is not a guarantee of a comfortable retirement; knowing it will be there one day can certainly provide peace of mind, with respect to saving for the future. Ironically, due to your success, your higher tax bills have now made you a major contributor to someone else’s pension plan; the Government of Canada’s!
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Depending on your age the subsequent year’s allowable contributions will always exceed levels permitted in an RRSP
Other benefits of creating an IPP
Sounds too good to be true – what is the catch?
Is it right for me? An IPP is an excellent vehicle to build your retirement plan and net worth. Nonetheless an IPP is a complex product and requires various calculations to see exactly how it may benefit you. Everyone’s position is unique, the benefits and associated costs will depend on your personal situation. As with all taxation related products there are important factors that need to be understood.
In addition to an IPP there are many creative ways to build and protect your wealth and other strategies may prove more beneficial, so it is important to consult with your professional team (financial planner, tax accountant, corporate lawyer) before making any final decisions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katrina Lyons, CFP, CLU
Written by Katrina Lyons, with excerpts and calculations from printed material published by Lesniewski Moore Consulting Group Inc. Actuarial & Retirement Plan Consulting.
Katrina Lyons began her career in 1986 and specializes in creative insurance and investment strategies and solutions for self-employed individuals. She believes in taking the time to understand what is important to her clients personally, as well as financially, and designs financial plans to guide them in achieving their lifestyle and estate planning goals through the sale of various financial products.
She will work on a fee-for-service, or commission basis, as agreed upon by the client and their needs after an initial consultation. Katrina is a registered mutual fund representative with Excel Private Wealth in the province of Ontario and independent life and health insurance agent in the province of Ontario licensed through FSCO. Visionary Wealth Planning is her trade name. Mutual Funds are offered through Excel Private Wealth and insurance & segregated funds products through, but not limited to: Equitable Life, Sun Life, Canada Life, RBC, Manulife and TuGo travel.
The information in this article is meant to provide information and to generate discussion on various financial planning topics. It is not intended, nor should it be regarded as financial advice. An assessment of your personal situation is always a prerequisite. Always consult an accountant or lawyer for detailed tax or legal advice. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses may all be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the Simplified Prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed and the not covered by the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit insurer. There can be no assurances that the fund will be able to maintain its net asset value per security at a constant amount of that the full amount of your investment in the fund will be returned to you. Fund values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated
If you’d like to explore whether an IPP may be beneficial for you or to discuss other innovative strategies for building, increasing and protecting your wealth then please feel free to reach out to me at any time!