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How to report RRSP on US tax return


For Canadian expatriates or U.S. residents with investments in Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) in Canada, understanding how to properly report these contributions on your U.S. tax return is essential. RRSPs offer valuable tax advantages in Canada, but navigating their treatment on U.S. tax forms requires careful consideration. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you accurately report RRSP contributions on your U.S. tax return.

Understand the Basics

An RRSP is a Canadian retirement savings vehicle that allows contributions to grow tax-deferred until withdrawal. In the U.S., it’s important to recognize that RRSPs are not considered tax-advantaged retirement accounts, like IRAs or 401(k)s. Instead, they are treated as foreign trust accounts.

  1. Report Contributions on Form 8891: U.S. taxpayers with RRSP accounts must report their contributions and earnings on Form 8891, titled “U.S. Information Return for Beneficiaries of Certain Canadian Registered Retirement Plans.” This form is filed annually with your U.S. tax return (Form 1040).
  2. Gather Information: Collect all relevant information, including the fair market value of your RRSP at the beginning and end of the year, as well as any contributions made during the year. This information is usually provided by your RRSP administrator on the annual statement.
  3. Complete Form 8891: On Form 8891, you will need to provide details about your RRSP, such as the name of the plan, the account number, the type of plan (usually an RRSP), and the total contributions made during the year. You’ll also need to report the fair market value of the RRSP at the beginning and end of the year.
  4. Calculate Deductions and Tax Credits: Unlike Canadian tax rules, contributions to RRSPs are not tax-deductible in the U.S. However, you may be eligible to claim a foreign tax credit or an itemized deduction for any Canadian taxes paid on the RRSP contributions and earnings.
  5. Be Aware of Reporting Thresholds: If the total fair market value of your RRSP(s) exceeds $10,000 at any point during the year, you are required to report additional information about the account(s) on FinCEN Form 114, also known as the FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts).

Reach Out Today

Properly reporting RRSP contributions on your U.S. tax return is a crucial aspect of maintaining compliance as a Canadian expatriate or U.S. resident with investments in Canada. Our experts at Dimov Tax Office are experienced in international tax matters. We ensure accurate reporting, compliance with U.S. tax laws, and optimization of any available tax benefits. If you need assistance with these, please contact us below and we will be ready to serve!


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