Contributing to your spouse's or common-law partner's RRSPs

Contributions you make to a spousal or common-law partner RRSP reduce your RRSP deduction limit. The total amount you can deduct for contributions you make to your RRSP or your spouse's or common-law partner's RRSP cannot be more than your RRSP deduction limit. For more information, see How much can I contribute and deduct?

If you cannot contribute to your RRSP because of your age, you can still contribute to your spouse's or common-law partner's RRSP until the end of the year he or she turns 71. For more information, see RRSP options when you turn 71.

Note

Contributions to a pooled registered pension plan (PRPP) or a specified pension plan (SPP) are subject to the same rules as RRSP contributions. For more information, go to Contributions to a PRPP or see "Specified pension plan contributions" at Specified pension plan lump-sum payments.

Example

Joey’s 2014 RRSP deduction limit is $10,000. Joey contributes $4,000 to his RRSP in 2014, and $6,000 to his common-law partner Ghislaine’s RRSP in 2014. Joey deducts the $4,000 he contributed to his RRSP on line 208 of his 2014 income tax and benefit return. Although Joey contributed $6,000 to his common-law partner’s RRSP in 2014, he decides to only deduct $5,500 of this contribution on his 2014 income tax and benefit return. He may be able to deduct the remaining $500 ($10,000 – $9,500) on a future year’s income tax and benefit return.

Funds in an RRSP cannot be moved or transferred to an RRSP that does not have the same annuitant as the RRSP where the money is coming from. For example, you cannot transfer funds in your RRSP to a spousal or common-law partner RRSP.

Contributions made after death

No contributions can be made to a deceased individual’s RRSP after the date of death. However, the deceased individual’s legal representative can make contributions to the surviving spouse’s or common-law partner’s RRSP in the year of death or during the first 60 days after the end of that year. Contributions made to a spouse’s or common-law partner’s RRSP can be claimed on the deceased individual’s income tax and benefit return up to that individual’s RRSP deduction limit for the year of death.

Example

Dave died in August 2014. His 2014 RRSP deduction limit is $7,000. Before he died, Dave did not contribute to either his RRSP or his wife’s RRSP for 2014. His wife Paula is 66 years old in 2014. On Dave’s behalf, his legal representative can contribute up to $7,000 to Paula’s RRSP for 2014. The legal representative can then claim an RRSP deduction of up to $7,000 on line 208 of Dave’s 2014 final income tax and benefit return.

Note

If you contributed amounts to your spouse's or common-law partner's RRSP in 2012, 2013, or 2014, you may have to include in your 2014 income all or part of the amount your spouse or common-law partner withdrew in 2014 from his or her spousal or common-law partner RRSP. If you have made a withdrawal from a spousal RRSP, refer to Withdrawing from spousal or common-law partner RRSPs for information on reporting the income.

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