Giving from Registered Assets

When it comes to your Will and estate, your registered assets are by far your worst asset. Why? That money has never been taxed: once it becomes part of your estate, it will be taxed.

If your registered assets (RRSP and RRIF) totaled $500,000 at the death of the last spouse, your executor must include that entire amount as income on your final personal tax return.

Such an income would bump you into the top tax bracket, resulting in a tax liability of close to $250,000.

If you had chosen during your lifetime to name a charity as the beneficiary of your RRSP and/or RRIF (after a surviving spouse) then a gift of $500,000 would be made at your death.

The resulting donation receipt would wipe out the tax liability on the personal tax return. The government would receive nothing.

Naming a charity as a beneficiary is a great way to use the full potential of your assets. For more information about how you can bequest a gift to Help Lesotho through your registered assets please contact Marlene Caicco, Donor Relations Manager at 613-369-5892 or Click here to discover additional ways to give in support of Help Lesotho. Thank you!