The 2008 federal budget introduced the TFSA, a new registered savings account. Starting in 2009, Canadian resident individuals age 18 and over were eligible to contribute up to $5,000 annually into their TFSA. Contributions to a TFSA and interest on money borrowed to invest in a TFSA are not deductible for income tax purposes, however, the income generated in such an account (for example, investment income and capital gains) is tax-free, even when it is withdrawn.
According to Finance, the $5,000 annual contribution limit is indexed to inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data as reported by Statistics Canada, rounded to the nearest $500. For 2013, the unrounded indexed amount moved beyond the $5,250 threshold for the first time, so the annual contribution limit increases to $5,500.
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