I used to rejoice every April when I got my big fat tax refund back from the good folks at the Government of Canada. The money was like a windfall, a treat, a big juicy pay day. My refunds usually amounted to upwards $4800 since I maxed out my retirement savings plan (RRSP) every year. So you can understand why I always looked forward to tax season.
Three years ago I changed my tune about large tax refunds. When I did some simple math, I found both my “better half” and I were owed a combined $8200 from the govvies for a single tax year. WOAH. As a couple, that is exactly $683.33 less bucks a month we had in our savings accounts, earning interest for us. I then did some more math and calculated how much compound interest we didn’t realize. Here are some quick numbers illustrating how $683 bucks adds up when saved every month for three years at 4% interest:
- RRSP Contributions
- Childcare Expenses
- Support Payments
The form itself is really straight forward. You basically just outline all deductions or non-refundable tax credits for the current tax year and submit it to your local CRA office. I should mention this form works best when submitted early in the year (like now). For those with RRSPs, here’s what you need to do:
1. Choose from the following RRSP contribution options:
- Set-up a Pre-Authorized Contribution (PAC) plan with your RRSP investment company showing the amount you will regularly contribute. OR
- Make a lump sum contribution to your RRSP.
2. Once the contribution option is setup, be sure to photocopy the PAC or RRSP receipts from your investment company.
3. Fill out form T1213- Request to Reduce Tax Deductions at Source (from the CRA’s website).
4. Mail your photocopied contribution receipts and T1213 form to your CRA office. In my experience, it takes the CRA anywhere from 2-6 weeks to approve your request.
5. Submit the CRA’s approval form to your payroll administrator at work.
6. Smile, you’re next paycheck is a little bigger and you no longer lend the CRA your hard-earned money for free.
I am currently waiting for the CRA to send my approval. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂
Good tip! Thanks!
@Derek I wrote this post due to the endless blank stares my friends would give me. I’ve used form T1213 now for 3 years to great success. Thanks for the email as well. 🙂
This is a great post. I told friends about this (i have done the RRSP at source for a few years) and they stare at me blankly?
Why should the government get a free loan? Do they offer this to us?
It’s almost end of july and I want to submit a T1213 form for the rest of 2008. How long does it take for them to process usually if I just drop it off at the tax center?
Is it possible for me to:
1) Submit the T1213 with proof that i contributed one huge lump sum of money (Initial RRSP account opening) using EFT transfers (maxing out my RRSP deduction limit for 2008) to a RRSP account this month (July) and they’ll figure out how to deduct taxes from each paycheque for the rest of the year
2) Use EFT from my Bank to the RRSP Account and have some sort of print out / proof of that to show I am contributing regularly (monthly or whatever)
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That’s great! I’ve downloaded the form and I am in the process of sending to CRA.
My husband always said to pay as little taxes as you can during the year and always pay them on time. We pay the government only what we have to and at the end of the year we always owe some amount of money.
Do you get a tax bill at the end of the year? Or do they just take what they need and leave it at that?
Hi Kerry, this is a great tip.
Kindly clarify how I can identify the amount I would want to reduce my tax deductions at source by so that I won’t get a large income tax return nor will I pay a lot back to the government. It is just based on your average income tax return? Or how much you are currently taxed on your income? Do you have to take into consideration how much you are contributing to your RRSP that year?