Is there a way I can check how much I have contributed to my RRSP so far this year?

Jamie Golombek, vice-president of taxation and estate planning at AIM Trimark Investments, has the answer.

Jamie Golombek 12 May, 2003 | 1:00PM
Dear Expert:

I contribute to my RRSP from many sources; is there any way that I can check at any time how much I have contributed so far?

Expert Answer:

Unfortunately, there is no way to check the total amount of RRSP contributions that you have made to all sources in a particular year. The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency only tracks this for you once you submit contribution receipts with your tax return and tallies them all up to determine the total you contributed during the year. However, the individual financial institutions with which you make contributions should be able to tell you where you stand, and of course they will provide you with a summary of contributions when they send you official RRSP contribution receipts. These provide total amounts for contributions made in the remainder of the taxation year in question and in the first 60 days of the following year (i.e., prior to the contribution deadline). Note that most institutions provide multiple receipts for "first 60 days" contributions, so not all of these contributions will be included in a single receipt.

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