Tax Free Savings Account: Watch your limit – stay within it!

March 27, 2024

Ottawa, Ontario

Canada Revenue Agency

Canadians have been contributing to tax-free savings accounts (TFSA) since 2009, enjoying tax-free investment growth. Did you know that it’s possible to overcontribute and be subject to penalties?

Excess contributions can occur, for example, when your TFSA is set up for pre-authorized contributions and you make additional contributions without verifying the amount of room you have available. This can also be the case when you have multiple TFSAs with different financial institutions and you are not tracking the contributions you are making to all accounts. You can avoid penalties by staying within the TFSA contribution room available to you.

Your TFSA contribution room is made up of three things:

The annual TFSA dollar limit for 2023 was $6,500. For 2024, the limit is $7,000.

Tracking contribution room

You can track your TFSA contribution room using the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) My Account self-service portal. Simply log into My Account and you’ll be able to:

Although it’s your responsibility to manage your TFSA contributions and withdrawals, your financial institution can help you to track your contribution limit. It’s prudent to keep track of your TFSA transactions to avoid overcontributing.

Overcontribution to your TFSA

The CRA charges a tax of 1% for every month that the excess contributions stay in your account(s). You will receive a notification in the mail identifying your excess contribution situation. An indirect transfer from one TFSA to another is also considered a contribution. Be careful to stay within your contribution room!

Fixing an overcontribution

If you received a TFSA notification that you overcontributed, you might have to pay tax on the excess amount. Withdrawing your excess contributions as soon as possible will help reduce the tax you have to pay. Learn about the TFSA rules and guidelines and follow them, to help save you time and money!

Waiver or cancellation of the TFSA taxes

The CRA can waive or cancel all or part of the taxes if we determine it is fair to do so after reviewing all factors. To consider your request, we need a letter that explains why the tax liability arose, and why it would be fair to cancel or waive all or part of the tax. Learn more about TFSA excess amounts.


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