Tax on RRSP/RRIF’s at Death – Does the Estate or RRSP/RRIF beneficiary pay?

General tax treatement of RRSP/RRIF’s upon death and the liability for those taxes is discussed.

The fair market value of your RRSP/RRIF account is included in income on your Date of Death T1. I am often asked who is responsible to pay the income taxes relating to the RRSP/RRIF – the Estate or the designated beneficiary of the RRSP/RRIF?

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Tax Clearance Certificate – The 5 W’s (Who, what, where, when, & why?)

The importance of obtaining a Tax Clearance Certificate for an Estate of a Canadian deceased taxpayer and practical tips on how to request one.

I considered answering the 5 W’s in the order we are used to saying them, but it is the “why” that is going to grab your attention. So, I am going to start there. Unless otherwise stated, the term Executor includes any words or phrases used to describe the legal representative of the Estate.

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