For U.S. Citizens or U.S. residents who hold a Canadian RRSP, it should be noted that the IRS treats the RRSP just like any other investment account and therefore, imposes tax annually on the growth of the investments inside the RRSP.
However, an election can be made by completing the Form 8891 annually with your U.S. tax return to have the tax on the growth deferred until the time of withdrawal. In other words, by filing the Form 8891, your RRSP growth will remain tax free in the U.S. and only the withdrawals in the later years will be taxed in the U.S., similarly to how the account is taxed in Canada.
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