The TFSA is a Tax Free Savings Account that was made available as of 2009. The TFSA is a flexible, general purpose savings vehicle where interest and income earned is protected from taxation, even when withdrawn. UCU offers this product as either a savings account or term deposit.

Key benefits of the Tax-Free Savings Account:

  • Available to all Canadian residents only who are 18 years or older and hold a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • The current annual contribution limit is $6,000.00 tax-free
  • As of January 1, 2019 the lifetime maximum you can have invested in a TFSA is $63,500
  • Any unused contribution room can be carried forward to future years
  • Withdraw money without being taxed
  • The withdrawn amounts can be re-contributed at any time after the year of withdrawal
  • Neither income earned in a TFSA nor withdrawals will affect eligibility for federal income-tested benefits and credits
  • TFSA contributions are not tax deductible

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Knowing how much you can contribute is an important first step in avoiding a TFSA penalty. For the most up-to-date information on your TFSA contribution room, access the "My Account" feature on the CRA website ( or by calling the CRA Tax Information Phone 1.800.267.6999.

For better understanding of the implications of TFSA withdrawals, have a look at the two withdrawal scenarios the CRA has provided on its website.

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