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Termination of a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
When a registered disability savings plan (RDSP) is terminated, any amounts remaining in the plan, after any required repayments of CDSG and/or CDSB, are to be paid to the beneficiary or the beneficiary's estate by the end of the following year.
An RDSP will be terminated if the beneficiary dies. All amounts remaining in the plan must be paid out to the beneficiary's estate by December 31st of the calendar year following the year of death. The taxable portion of any disability assistance payment made will be included in the income of the beneficiary's estate in the tax year in which the payment is made.
Since 2021, an RDSP holder has the option of keeping the plan open if the beneficiary is no longer eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, or they can close the plan.
Withdrawals can still be made from the plan if it is kept open, but no contributions can be made, nor can grants or bonds be paid. Rollovers to the plan from a deceased parent or grandparent's registered account must be done within a limited number of years.
The RDSP may be de-registered if it ceases to qualify for status as an RDSP because it does not comply with all the terms and conditions that were put in place when the plan was set up, or if it does not comply with rules in the Income Tax Act. This will result in a deemed disability assistance payment equal to
The assistance holdback amount must be repaid to the government when the RDSP is terminated or de-registered. The rule for this is in the Canada Disability Savings Act Regulations.
The 2019 Federal Budget made 2 changes to RDSPs:
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Resources
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Revised: July 31, 2023
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