It’s Back to School Time!

Family members, especially grandparents, often gift RESP contributions to the children in their families. It’s such an easy way to make a real difference in their lives. But be warned: gratitude may not be immediate. To receive immediate gratitude, we suggest you stick to your plan to buy the latest Xbox, Playstation or battery-operated toy. Here’s a cheat-sheet on some RESP facts:

The Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

An RESP is a government-registered savings plan that helps you save for a child’s post-secondary education. Both provincial and federal governments can add to your savings with education grants. Plus, your savings grow tax-deferred until withdrawn.

How it works

  • CESG: The Canadian Education Savings Grant (CESG) is a federal grant that matches 20% of annual contributions to a maximum of $500 per year and $7,200 lifetime limit per child.
  • QESI: The Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI) is equal to 10% of your annual RESP contribution – up to a maximum of $250 per year.

HollisWealth® offers both types of RESP plans

  • Individual RESPs – can be used when the subscribers (clients) are not directly related to the beneficiary(s), for example aunts and uncles. One beneficiary is permitted.
  • Family RESPs – can be used when the subscribers (clients) are the parents, grandparents or legal guardians of the beneficiary(s). One or multiple beneficiaries are permitted. Joint accounts are permitted.

What you get: Tax deferred growth

You can contribute up to $50,000 per child and there are no taxes payable on the money earned in an RESP until it’s withdrawn. Once enrolled in a post-secondary institution, the student can withdraw RESP grants and earnings at the student’s generally low tax rate. Withdrawal of principal has no tax implications.

What you need: SIN

All that’s needed is that the child have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). So as soon as the newest addition to your family arrives, remind parents to apply for one.
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