What actions are required to take advantage of the federal government’s reduction in the mandatory RRIF withdrawal amount due to COVID-19?
As part of the federal government’s economic measures to help Canadians handle financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum annual amount required to be withdrawn from a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) was reduced by 25% for the 2020 tax year.
You should contact your financial institution or financial adviser to convey your wishes to reduce your minimum amount. If you have already withdrawn more than the reduced 2020 minimum amount, you are not permitted to re-contribute any excess to your RRIF. Be aware that the regular prescribed factors will apply in 2021.
For more information, please see the Government of Canada website.
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