Q&A: A worried man
Question: I heard the government will crack down on TFSAs abusers. I transferred $5,000 into my TFSA account and used it to buy INN.UN (Innvest REIT). Am I doing anything illegal? Are we allowed to buy stocks in a TFSA? What is allowed and what is not? – T.V.
Gordon Pape answers: Relax. You’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. Stocks are permitted in all registered plans, including TFSAs, as long as they trade on what the Canada Revenue Agency refers to as a “prescribed exchange”. The Toronto Stock Exchange, where Innvest trades, certainly qualifies. For complete details on qualified investments, check the CRA interpretation bulletin IT-320R3 which can be found here.
Of course, you must have a self-directed TFSA set up through a broker to buy stocks. A bank TFSA won’t offer that option.
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