We are writing to advise all annuitants of Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) held with us of changes to the required minimum annual withdrawal amounts as a result of regulations introduced in the Federal Budget released April 21, 2015.
Specifically, the budget introduced a reduction to the prescribed required minimum annual withdrawal factors for RRIF annuitants 71 to 94 years of age. Starting in 2016, this reduction will result in decreasing the amount that RRIF annuitants will be required to withdraw as a minimum amount during those age years.
This applies to RRIF accountholders who are setup to receive the minimum payment only. If you are setup to receive a fixed amount (ex. $500 a month), you will not be affected.
The table below provides a comparison of the new and old RRIF factors.
|All RRIFs 2015+||Post-1992 RRIFs
prior to 2015
Generally speaking there is about a 2% decrease in required minimum withdrawals. For example, if you are 75 years old and you have a RRIF with a $100,000 balance, the old minimum amount $7,850 and the new minimum
is $5,820. In this example, you have $2,030 less in taxable income.
Since this change was introduced well after the start of the year but is effective for 2015, you have a few options for 2015:
- Minimum Amount – You can choose to take this year’s minimum payment based on the old calculations, in which case you do not need to do anything further (recommended action).
- Re-contribute – If you have already, or by the end of the year will have received the required minimum annual withdrawal amount based upon the old factors, you have the option of re-contributing the excess amount to your RRIF. The deadline to make a re-contribution is March 1st, 2016. You will be issued a T4 for the amount withdrawn and an offsetting contribution slip for the re-contribution for your 2015 tax filing (we do not recommended this action, enjoy the extra money for 2015!)
- Adjust Payments – You can choose to adjust any minimum payment(s) not yet paid to reflect the new lower calculation. In this case we will require formal updated instructions from you.
No action is required on your part unless your payment(s) are based upon the minimum required withdrawal and you wish to take advantage of the lower required minimum withdrawal for 2015, or wish to re-contribute the excess withdrawals for 2015.
Most RRIF accountholders who are setup to receive the minimum will likely welcome the decrease in payments.