Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs)

New anti-avoidance rules for RESP

Effective March 22, 2017,  the anti-avoidance rules governing the Registered Plans has been extended to the Registered Education Savings Plans.

The rules provide a special tax on certain advantages that unduly exploit the tax attributes of an RESP, as well as special taxes on prohibited investments and on non-qualified investments.

A registered education savings plan (RESP) is a contract between an individual (the subscriber) and a person or organization (the promoter).

Under the contract, the subscriber names one or more beneficiaries (the future student(s)) and agrees to make contributions for them, and the promoter agrees to pay educational assistance payments (EAPs) to the beneficiaries.

There are two different types of RESP available: family plans and specified plans.

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