Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA)
You can save up to $6,500 per year tax-free with a TFSA. Investment returns earned in a TFSA – including capital gains and dividends – are not taxed, even when withdrawn. Any Canadian aged 18 or over, who’s reached the age of majority in their province, can open a TFSA.
From 2009 to 2012, the contribution limit was $5,000. In 2013, the limit was raised to $5,500 and in 2015 it increased again to $10,000. However, in 2016 the limit decreased to $5,500. In 2019, the amount increased to $6,000 and in 2023, the amount increased to $6,500.
Based on the 2023 contribution limit, going forward $6,500 will be added to your contribution room each year and any unused contribution room can be carried forward. For example, anyone who was 18 or older in 2009, and has not yet contributed, has $88,000 of room in 2023.
The Canada Revenue Agency will advise you each year of your current TFSA contribution room.
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