Personal Income Tax - RRSPs and RRIFs - Stocks, Bonds etc. -> Transfer shares to registered account, but not at a loss!
Transfer Investments to Your
|deferred profit sharing plan (DPSP)|
|employees profit sharing plan|
|registered disability savings plan (RDSP)|
|registered retirement income fund (RRIF)|
|registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or|
|tax-free savings account (TFSA)|
under which the taxpayer is a beneficiary or annuitant or immediately after the disposition becomes a beneficiary or annuitant.
Losses are not deductible on dispositions of property to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) if the taxpayer or taxpayer's spouse or common-law partner is an annuitant, or becomes an annuitant within 60 days after the end of the taxation year.
In most cases, unless the loss is very small, it would be best to sell the investment and contribute the cash to the registered account. If you or your spouse wish to purchase the same investment in a registered account, do not do this in the period 30 days before or after the disposal. Otherwise the loss will be considered a superficial loss and will be disallowed.
Note that although losses on in kind transfers to an RESP are not affected by s. 40(2)(g), these losses will be considered a superficial loss and thus not deductible, according to Tax Interpretation 2010-0352921E5 - Transfer of securities into an RESP.
Your brokerage will issue a T5008 and a trading summary showing your purchases and sales of investments in your non-registered account, to help you prepare Schedule 3 of your tax return. In kind transfers may not be shown on these documents - they weren't in prior years, but at least some brokerages are including these on 2020 T5008s. You are still required to report these disposals on Schedule 3 if they are in kind transfers to your registered accounts, or to someone else's account.
You may decide for some reason to make a transfer of a loss investment to this type of account. If so, when completing your tax return, do not enter this disposal on your Schedule 3, as the loss cannot be claimed. If you still want to enter the disposal on Schedule 3, you must not show a loss for it.
Tax Tip: If you have a loss on shares, don't transfer them to your registered account!
Revised: July 28, 2021
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