Saver's Choice: Comparing the Marginal Effective Tax Burdens on RRSPs and TFSAs

9 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2010

Date Written: January 27, 2010

Abstract

Canada’s graduated personal income tax leads most taxpayers to expect higher tax rates when they are working than when they are living on lower incomes from their retirement savings. Yet for many people, marginal effective tax rates on income from retirement savings are higher than those they face during working life. Comparing marginal effective tax rates across income levels suggests that many Canadians with savings in tax-deferred vehicles, like Registered Retirement Savings Plans, should put more future saving in tax-prepaid savings plans, particularly Tax Free Savings Accounts.

Keywords: Pension Papers, Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), marginal effective tax rates (METRs)

JEL Classification: E21, G23, H21

Suggested Citation

Laurin, Alexandre and Poschmann, Finn, Saver's Choice: Comparing the Marginal Effective Tax Burdens on RRSPs and TFSAs (January 27, 2010). C.D. Howe Institute . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1581672 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1581672

Alexandre Laurin (Contact Author)

C.D. Howe Institute ( email )

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Finn Poschmann

C.D. Howe Institute ( email )

67 Yonge St., Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1J8
Canada
416-865-1904 (Phone)
416-865-1866 (Fax)

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