Group Assets (RRSPs, TFSAs, Non-Registered)
A Group Savings Plan is an employer-sponsored savings plan, similar to an individual account, but administered on a group basis by the employer.
Contributions made to the plan are often matched by the employer however they are not mandatory. Contributions by the employer are taxable as income to the employee. In the case of a group RRSP, the employer's contributions to the RRSP are included in the employee's income but are then deducted as part of the RRSP contribution deduction.
You have the ability in Snap to enter Group Assets such as Group RRSPs, Group TFSA's, and Group Non-Registered accounts.
Add a new Capital Asset for the Group account on the Assets page
Select Scenario Setup -> Assets.
Under the Capital Assets section, under the Assets tab, click Add Capital Asset.
Each column heading has a question mark that can be clicked for further information on the required fields. Make sure to enter all of the information for the Group Asset including the asset allocation.
Enter the employer and employee contribution details under Employer Matching
Select the Employer Matching tab above the table.
Under the Employment Income column, select the appropriate income to link the contributions to. Enter the annual Employee Contribution and Employer Contribution as a percentage of that employment income. Note that you will not be able to enter these percentages until you have linked the employment income.
On the Planning page, the Group Asset shows the automatic employee and employer contributions as a percentage of the selected Employment Income. Note that the contributions are not editable on the Planning page. To edit the contribution amounts, go back to Scenario Setup -> Assets -> Employer Matching.
For Group RRSPs and TFSAs, the client's RRSP and TFSA contribution room will be taken into account. The annual contributions will be reduced to the amount of available contribution room by automatically decreasing both the employer and employee contributions proportionately. You can adjust the client's Contribution Room under Scenario Setup -> Settings -> Registered Assets. In this example, the client has only $6,000 of TFSA contribution room in the first year. Even though we have entered a 5% contribution based on $100,000 of employment income for both employee and employer, Snap constrains the TFSA total contribution to $6,000.
To view the taxable income for the client in detail, click on the blue icon at the top of the Taxable Income column.
You will notice that the Employment Income displayed in this table includes the taxable employer contributions to the Group Assets. For Group RRSP accounts, this increase in taxable income is offset by the corresponding Tax Deduction as indicated under the Reg. Asset Withdrawals column. As shown in the example above, in the first year of the projections, there is a $3,000 employer contribution to the Group TFSA and a $5,000 employer contribution to the Group RRSP. The $100,000 Employment Income has been increased to $108,000 as a result and you can see this under the Taxable Income Details table below. The employer and employee contributions to the RRSP total $10,000 which are displayed as a negative $10,000 under Reg. Asset Withdrawals in order to decrease the client's overall Taxable Income.