U.S. withholding tax in an RRSP for Canadians + MORE Aug 3rd

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If you’re working to improve your financial situation, a few strategies may come to mind: paying down debt, building an emergency fund, investing inside a tax-free savings account (TFSA) or a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP), or putting your money in other savings vehicles. These are all .... More »
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Kyle Prevost, editor of Million Dollar Journey and founder of the Canadian Financial Summit, shares financial headlines and offers context for Canadian investors. Banking on stability and caution Canadian investors love their banks. Year in and year out, banks provide dependable dividend growt.... More »
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How does age affect life insurance rates? + MORE Sep 14th

Most of us go through life assuming we’ll reach a ripe old age—and that’s fair, because most of us do. But if you have dependents, it’s wise to protect them from the financial fallout of your death—even if you’re still young and healthy—by getting life insurance. Your age is a pretty b.... More »

What time of year should you retire? Sep 7th

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Can a LIRA be transferred to an RRSP with no contribution room in Ontario? Aug 10th

Can 50% of my LIRA be transferred to my RRSP if I do not have contribution room in Ontario Canada? Is it better to transfer to an RRSP or RRIF if funds are not needed and are used for investment purposes?—Katherine How much can you transfer from a LIRA to an RRSP? Katherine, Ontario resident.... More »
I have EPD stock in my RRSP for their dividend payments (about 7%). What a surprise I had—even when in an RRSP—I had to pay about 30% tax on these dividends. EPD is registered in Louisiana. —Wanda

How much is withholding tax on U.S. dividends?

I am going to provide a brief summary of U.S. withholding tax on investments, Wanda, before addressing Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) specifically.

First, U.S. stocks are generally subject to 30% withholding tax on dividends for non-residents. Many countries, including Canada, have tax treaties with the U.S. to ensure a reduced rate of withholding tax. For qualifying Canadian residents, the tax can be reduced to 15%. In a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP), the tax may be reduced to 0%. 

Qualifying to reclaim U.S. withholding tax

In order to qualify, an investor has to fill out this form and provide it to their investment firm: Form W-8BEN Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding and Reporting (Individuals)…

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While the war in Ukraine has largely displaced COVID-19 as front-page news, that doesn’t mean the pandemic is done with us quite yet. In fact, COVID again made the front page of the National Post in early July, when it reported that half the Canadian population (more than 17 million) were infected with Omicron in the five months starting in December 2021; and again on July 23, declaring, “COVID refuses to give us a break”.

Governments have warned that COVID continues to pose a threat, especially for those over 60—an age when many Canadians at least start contemplating retirement. As a result, some older workers who commute to corporate jobs have been reassessing their life plans, pushing employers for more flexibility, if not an early retirement package.

Lockdowns and retirement: Not dissimilar

“COVID-19 has given many people a glimpse into what life may look and feel like as a retiree,” says Aaron Hector, a financial planner with Calgary-based Doherty Bryant Financial Strategists…

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