In a group registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) an employer offers the option to employees to contribute and be a part of the plan – there is no mandatory enrollment. The employee gets to decide the size of the contribution (whether it be a regular fixed amount of a percentage of monthly income) and the employer (through payroll) deducts the amount accordingly. The contribution is then deposited into the employees’ individual investment account.
The main difference of a Group RRSP v. an individual RRSP is that the contributor realizes the tax savings immediately, instead of having to wait till the end of the tax year. A Group RRSP reduces taxes at source and therefore provides the difference as extra take-home pay to be spent or saved as the employee pleases.
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