The Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA) and Locked-In Retirement Savings Plan (LRSP) enable you, as an employee to maintain the tax-deferred status of pension plan proceeds received when you leave a company. LIRA’s lock in your money, but not your investment options. These plans are governed by federal or provincial pension legislation.
- The LIRA can receive pension proceeds if the planholder earned the pension while working in a province other than B.C., Nova Scotia, or P.E.I.
- For pensions earned in B.C. or Nova Scotia, or while working in an industry governed by federal pension legislation, Trimark offers the LRSP
- P.E.I. has not yet established its own pension legislation, therefore any locked-in plans from P.E.I. must be handled individually
- All money in locked-in plans must come from your Registered Pension Plan (RPP) or from another locked-in plan. You can’t make additional contributions, but you can decide how your money is invested.
- The LIRA or LRSP must be collapsed in the year in which you have your 71th birthday. You can then:
- Purchase an annuity
- Transfer the assets to a LIF or LRIF, depending on the pension legislation governing the LIRA or LRSP
Contact our office for more info.