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Leaving Canada And TFSA Contributions

A number of visitors to Canadian Tax Resource [1] write me with their questions. I do respond to a few questions here and there to help me understand what people are thinking about.

Reader Question – Leaving Canada And TFSA Contributions

If I contribute $5,000 to my TFSA in January 2010 and then leave the country in March 2010 to reside outside of Canada for the remainder to 2010, will I face any penalties?  Is it ok for me to make a full contribution at the start of the year even if I will not be living in Canada for the entire year?

The only requirements are that you be 18 years old a resident of Canada at the time of the contribution. As long as you contribute before you become a non-resident, you can contribute the full $5,000.

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