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FAQ

Implementation

+ When do I remit my current service contributions?

The current service contributions can be remitted as soon as the registration documents have been submitted to CRA. You may refer to the Implementation Calendar for more information. Current service contributions will then be required to be remitted monthly to the IPP.

+ Can I still contribute to my RRSP?

You should cease contributing to your RRSP until you receive a new Notice of Assessment after the set up of your IPP. The new Notice of Assessment will provide you with the RRSP room remaining after having set up the IPP. In the years following the setup of the IPP, you will receive additional RRSP room of $600 per year, after reflecting the benefits recognized within the IPP.

+ Does my corporate fiscal year-end make a difference in terms of the plan’s effective date?

No, the IPP is effective from January 1st of the year it is implemented.It may only have an impact on the year the deductions are actually taken. Employer contributions made to the IPP during a fiscal year, or within 120 days of the fiscal year-end, will be tax-deductible for that fiscal year if they relate to service prior to the fiscal year-end.

+ What impact will the IPP have on the company’s financial statements?

The company’s IPP contributions are deductible. The company must include any pension plan deficit in its financial statements.
Our team can help you calculate the amounts to be disclosed in financial statements.


Fees

+ How are the IPP fees paid?

Fees can be paid by the employer or be deducted from the assets of the IPP.

+ Is there an issuance fee for the IPP?

There is an issuance fee of $1,100. An annual fee of $1,100 will be charged as of the second year. The fee is reduced when more than one IPP is set up with the same company.


Funding

+ How much do I have to transfer from my RRSP to my IPP?

It depends on the number of years you have been working for the company, your earnings history, your unused RRSP deduction limit for the previous year, and the size of your current RRSP assets. You can ask our team to prepare a detailed illustration that would show your exact amount of RRSP transfer.

+ Do I have to contribute the entire current service amount?

If the IPP is subject to a provincial legislation or to the PBSA, the employer must contribute the current service amount indicated in the actuarial valuation report. The employer is also required to contribute the special payments recommended within the report for the amortization of the deficits.

+ How can I do transfers between funds?

You will have access to the secure website ia.ca/myaccount where you will be able to see your investments, make changes to your fund selection, and update your account. You can also submit your changes by mail.

+ What happens if there is a deficit? Do I have to fund it? Can benefits be reduced?

At the time of retirement or termination of the plan, there may be a deficit in the plan. The employer is required to fund the deficit before the member can transfer his rights out of the plan, unless the legislation allows for a benefit reduction. This deficit will potentially be greater than the maximum funding deficit indicated in the actuarial valuations.

+ Can my management company contribute to the IPP?

The company must be an operating company and be able to show that it has an employee/employer relationship with the member, in which case it can contribute according to the salary paid to that member.

+ Can I transfer more RRSPs than the amount required by CRA?

Yes, the surplus RRSP assets transferred will be attributed to the defined contribution account and calculated separately from the assets for the defined benefit portion of the IPP.


Termination

+ Can I terminate the IPP in the future?

Yes.

+ What happens if I sell my business?

In most situations, the IPP will be terminated. Two options are available: transfer to LIRA (or RRSP if the IPP is not subject to the provincial legislation nor the PBSA) or purchase an insured annuity. The transfer option will be subject to CRA’s maximum transfer rules. We recommend that you contact us before selling the company to look at your options and customize the best option for you.

+ What is terminal funding?

At retirement or termination, it is possible to improve the benefits paid from the plan. The employer can take additional deductions to increase the benefits paid to the member. The improvements can be an additional pension, a bridge, a higher indexation, or any combination of those three.


Management

+ Where can I check my investments?

You will have access to the secure website ia.ca/myaccount where you will be able to see your investments, make changes to your fund selection, and update your account.

+ Why does CRA assume a 7.5% rate of return?

For a designated pension plan, CRA limits the deductions that a company can take by requiring a maximum funding valuation based on prescribed assumptions. A designated pension plan is a plan for which more than 50% of the total pension credits for plan members are for connected members or members whose income exceeds 2.5 times the Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings of the Quebec (or Canada) Pension Plan ($52,500 in 2014).

+ Are dividends considered in the calculation of my earnings?

No, only employment income with the participating employer is considered (T4 - Box 14).

+ Are the amounts in the IPP locked in?

It depends on which provincial jurisdiction your IPP is subject to. If additional voluntary contributions are made to your IPP, they will not be locked in.