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 that they turn 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

Your 2021 RRSP deduction limit is $10,000. You contributed $4,000 to your RRSP, and $6,000 to your common-law partner’s RRSP you chose to deduct the entire $4,000 of your personal RRSP contribution, but only $5,500 of the $6,000 contribution to your common-law partner's RRSP, for a total deduction of $9,500 on line 20800 of your 2021 income tax and benefit return. You used Schedule 7, RRSP, PRPP and SPP Unused Contributions,Transfers, and HBP or LLP Activities, to keep track of his RRSP contributions. You 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, PRPP, or SPP after their 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 

An individual died in August 2021. The individual 2021 RRSP deduction limit is $7,000. Before the individual died, they did not contribute to their RRSP or their spouse's RRSP for 2021. Their spouse is 66 years of age in 2021. On their behalf, the legal representative can contribute up to $7,000 to the individual's spouse RRSP for 2021. The legal representative can then claim an RRSP deduction of up to $7,000 on line 20800 of teh individual's 2021 final income tax and benefit return.

Note 

If you contributed amounts to your spouse's or common-law partner's RRSP in 2019, 2020, or 2021, you may have to include in your 2021 income all or part of the amount your spouse or common-law partner withdrew in 2021 from their 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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