Turn your federally regulated pension savings into income with a RLIF
If you have federally regulated locked-in pension funds a RLIF allows you to convert those funds into retirement income while deferring taxes.
Funds can be transferred to a RLIF from a workplace pension plan when you leave your employer at or before retirement. Funds can also be transferred to the RLIF from a Locked-in retirement fund (LIF) or Locked-in retirement savings plan (LIRA).
- You can transfer money from a federally-regulated pension LIRA into a LRIF
- You get a one-time chance to convert 50% to a RRSP
- You choose the investments in your RLIF
- Each year, you must take out an amount between the legislated minimum and maximum
- Control over income and investments
- Growth potential
- Death benefit
- One time unlocking of up to 50%
- Requires some decision-making
- Legislated minimum and maximum withdrawal amounts
- Potential for market volatility
- Potential to run out of money, particularly if you unlock funds
- Your spouse’s consent may be required
The information provided is based on current laws, regulations and other rules applicable to Canadian residents. It is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of the date of publication. Rules and their interpretation may change, affecting the accuracy of the information. The information provided is general in nature, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for advice in any specific situation. For specific situations, advice should be obtained from the appropriate legal, accounting, tax or other professional advisors.
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October 21, 2019