Posted by Tim Stobbs on December 18, 2006
I recently had a comment left on another post wondering if I max out my RRSP’s every year. Up to now the answer has always been no. I was focused on debt reduction for a number of years and with what I was putting in to my RRSP’s and my pension adjustment I don’t have much extra room built up. But now I’m not sure if I should max the RRSP’s or have my wife invest in dividend paying stocks and hold them for the long term.
Option 1: I buy spousal RRSP’s and max out each year for the next 16 years or so. I would get back about $35 per $100 invested and then I would get tax free growth for a number of years. The problem would be I would get taxed at my new lower marginal rate when I pull them out in retirement.
Option 2: I have my wife buy quality dividend paying stocks and hold them for the next 15 years. She would have a negative tax rate on her dividends, so no tax on that growth. If I don’t sell for that long I would only trigger capital gains at the end, which would be a lower tax rate than my marginal rate at that time.
Has anyone seen a good calculator that is updated with the latest tax rates? I have yet to find one during the weekend and I’m still working out how to simulate the buying stock option well. Once I get some good results I will be sure to post them.