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March 1, 2005

RRSP Pointers

A reminder that today, March 1, 2005, is the deadline for making a deductible contribution to your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) for the 2004 taxation year.

Please note that contributions made in the first 60 days after the calendar year must be reported on your personal tax return for the previous calendar year (i.e. Jan 1 - Mar 1, 2005 contributions must be reported on your 2004 T1). The reason this is more critical then ever is that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is implementing a "matching program" much like the system they use for the various T-slips. If the total contributions you report, in the remainder of the calendar year and in the first 60 days after the calendar year respectively, do not agree with the information CRA has on file (from the various issuing financial institutions), then you can expect an inquiry, and possibly even an audit, by CRA. For example, if you contributed $5,000 on February 28, 2005 and $10,000 between March 2 and December 31, 2005, you cannot report $15,000 of contributions in the remainder of 2005 as this will not agree with the $10,000 CRA has on record.

So, it's very important you report the contributions in the correct taxation year, regardless of whether you can, or want, to take the RRSP deduction in that year.

Key Strategies
I encourage you to read the February 8, 2005 article "RRSPs: Key Strategies" written by Daniel Saikaley of CIBC Wood Gundy. This article, which can be accessed on this website, provides some excellent RRSP tips.

Caren MacLeod
Scott Rankin & Gardiner

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