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Purchasing a Home with Your TFSA

May 2nd, 2009

Would you like to find out how to fund your home purchase with a Tax Free Savings Account?

Did you know that young couples struggling to save money for their first home will find the tax free savings accounts (TFSAs) an immense help towards becoming owners.

The Financial Posts Jonathan Chevreau has been a reliable go-to financial guru, wrote the following about building equity with the TFSA.

Consider that if both spouses each put aside the $5,000 annual maximum amount, they’d have $30,000 saved within three years–plus any growth–all free of tax.

It’s possible that a risk-tolerant couple willing to put stocks into their TFSAs while values are depressed could see that $30,000 rise to $40,000 or $50,000 in a few years time, if stocks roar back.

Of course, those who want the certainty of a down payment by a set time frame should settle for more conservative interest-bearing investments such as GICs, Canada Savings Bonds, money market funds or high-interest savings accounts.

Either way, the TFSA provides a good alternative to the previous route of borrowing from RRSPs. Under the Home Buyer’s Plan introduced in 1992, a first-time home buyer can borrow $20,000 ($40,000 for a couple) from an RRSP interest-free. The catch is this loan must be repaid within 15 years or suffer the tax hit. Such withdrawals, of course, will reduce your retirement nest egg, defeating the main purpose of RRSPs.

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CNSX now approved for Tax Free Savings Accounts

March 26th, 2009

If you own a Stock on the CNSX you will be pleased to hear that the Canadian National Stock Exchange has been added to the list of “Designated Stock Exchanges”, allowing securities listed on the exchange to automatically be eligible for registered accounts such as RRSPs and Tax-free Savings Accounts, CNSX Markets Inc. said Tuesday.

The designation, made by federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, came into effect on Jan. 1, under the Income Tax Act. 

CNSX says it is the first stock exchange to achieve this designation since the new criteria and process were announced in July 2008. Accordingly, CNSX will be added to the list of designated exchanges posted on the Department of Finance Web site. 

“This designation levels the playing field among stock exchanges in Canada and means that CNSX is competitive in all respects, including allowing investors the ability to buy and hold CNSX-listed securities in their RRSPs and their TFSAs, just as they do with other securities. Along with CNSX’s listing cost advantages and streamlined regulatory model, this will encourage more companies to choose to list on CNSX,” said Rob Cook, president of CNSX.

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