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  • Writer's pictureMichael Bogress

Communicating the value of a Group RRSP with your employees




In the fast-paced world of financial planning, ensuring a secure and stable future is a priority for individuals and employers alike. A key player in achieving this financial well-being is the Group RRSP (Registered Retirement Savings Plan). In this blog post, we'll delve into the layers of Group RRSPs and how to communicate the value to employees who only see it as another payroll deduction.


Understanding the Basics:


Let's start at the beginning. What exactly is a Group RRSP? Unlike its individual counterpart, a Group RRSP is tailored for the workplace. It's a collective savings plan that offers unique advantages for employees. It's not just an investment; it's a strategic move towards financial security. In a Group RRSP both the Employee and Employer contribute a defined amount, resulting in tax advantages for both parties.


Tax Advantages Demystified:


Now, let's demystify the tax advantages that make Group RRSPs stand out. When you contribute to a Group RRSP, those contributions are deducted from your taxable income, resulting in immediate tax savings. The magic doesn't end there—investment returns within the RRSP are tax-deferred, meaning you only pay taxes when you withdraw funds. It's a powerful financial edge.



How to address the "I don't need another payroll deduction" statement.


Imagine saving for retirement without actively thinking about it. Automatic payroll deductions make this a reality. The convenience of this feature cannot be overstated. It fosters consistent savings habits without the hassle of manual contributions, allowing you to focus on what matters while building your financial future. Not only that but there are immediate tax advantages on your paycheque that make the contributions less noticeable. See Below:


Assumptions

$2000 - semi monthly gross paycheque (before taxes/contributions/etc.)

3% Employee Contribution and Employer Match

7% Rate of Return Annually

35 Year Old - Retiring at 65




There are also tax advantages to your take home pay:



BEFORE RRSP CONTRIBUTION

AFTER RRSP CONTRIBUTION


  Gross

  pay

 

$2000

 

$2000


  Minus

  RRSP

 

$0

 

$60


  Taxable pay

 

$2000

$1940 


  Tax @ 25%*

 

$500

 

$485


  Net

  pay

 

$1500

$1455





The member contributed 60$, but their take home pay only changed by 45$ due to the tax savings


In summary


A total of $120 was contributed to your RRSP

Take home pay only changed by $45

Thats a nearly 3x return on their investment before growth.



Highlighting Financial Education Resources:


Knowledge is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to finances. Many Group RRSPs provide educational resources to guide your investment decisions. Explore these tools, enhance your financial literacy, and optimize your retirement savings strategy. The more you know, the more empowered you become.


Portability for Future Flexibility:


Change is inevitable in both life and career. Rest assured, the portability of Group RRSPs ensures that you can take your hard-earned savings with you if you decide to embark on a new professional journey. Your retirement savings remain a constant, providing a sense of continuity and flexibility.


Should you have any questions. Do not hesitate to book a call with us and we can provide you with a slide show we use when we present to employees about how a group RRSP works. You can also email us at info@bfgbenefits.ca

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