What is pension income splitting?

Allan Madan, CA
 Nov 12, 2013


Pension income splitting can be used to allocate up to 50% of eligible pension income to your spouse or common-law partner, effectively splitting income with the lower income spouse. Only eligible pension income qualifies for pension income splitting.

Eligible pension income includes:

  1. Life annuity payments from a pension fund (i.e.: life income funds and locked-in retirement income funds)
  2. Amounts received as a result of the death of a spouse or common-law partner, or if the pensioner is 65 years or older: Registered retirement income fund (RRIF) payments and Registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) annuity payments.

For a detailed list of eligible pension income visit tax tips. Incomes that are not eligible for pension income splitting include Old Age Security benefits, Canada Pension Plan benefits, RRSP withdrawals, and retiring allowances or compensation.

You and your spouse can elect to split eligible pension income if:

  1. You and your spouse or common-law partner are married or in a common-law partnership in the year
  2. You were both residents of Canada on December 31 of the year Please note that you and your spouse will be eligible for pension splitting if your are living apart from one another for reasons other than breakdown in marriage or partnership



The information provided on this page is intended to provide general information. The information does not take into account your personal situation and is not intended to be used without consultation from accounting and financial professionals. Allan Madan and Madan Chartered Accountant will not be held liable for any problems that arise from the usage of the information provided on this page.

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