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JAN 2 0 05 Are you an RSP Radical? The ING DIRECT RSP GIC lets you get all the Take this quick quiz and find out. tax benefits of contributing to an RSP while 1 I believe my RSPs should grow. you earn amongst the highest interest ❐ AGREE ❐ DISAGREE rates in the marketplace. 2 My RSP decisions shouldn’t be driven by the March 1st deadline. ❐ AGREE ❐ DISAGREE With an ING DIRECT Registered Investment Savings Account, you’re never locked in. You can 3 I want an RSP without fees or service charges. contribute as much or as little as you want to your RSP, ❐AGREE ❐ DISAGREE whenever you want. That means, if and when you decide you’d like to move your contribution (say when the markets If you answered “Agree” to all of recover or at least stabilize), you can. Just like that. No fees or these questions, you’re an RSP Radical. That’s a good thing. Really, penalties. And you’ll get all the tax benefits of contributing it’s something you already know to your RSP while still earning high interest. quite a bit about. After all, you’ve rejected fees and service charges and stood up for higher interest when you became an ING DIRECT When you choose RSP Mutual Funds (sold through our client. Now it’s much the same, instead this time you’re standing wholly owned subsidiary ING Direct Funds Limited), up for your RSP. you’ll never pay sales commissions or account fees, * and you don’t need thousands to invest. CEO’s Message: Radical New Year. Saving by borrowing: 2004 was a big year for savings. That is to say, a big year for you, our clients. Why an RSP Loan makes sense. Remember when you were tired of paying service charges, fed up with earning little or no interest on your savings and You know that the more you contribute to your RSP, the less income tax you’ll pay. did something about it? You weren’t alone. Over one million But what if you don’t have enough money right now to maximize your RSP Canadians decided to open an Investment Savings Account. contribution? Take out an RSP Loan. Because of these decisions, we’ve reached and surpassed At first, borrowing money to save money sounds strange. But after you break a savings milestone. down the numbers you’ll see how it can work out in your favour. Our interest clock keeps track of how much interest Canadians Here’s how saving by borrowing works. Assume you have contribution room of have earned from ING DIRECT. On July 21st, the clock hit the $5,000, and borrowed the entire amount from an ING DIRECT RSP Loan at 4.25% $1 Billion mark. We consider it an accomplishment to have helped (our current rate) repayable in 12 monthly installments. At the end of the year, Canadians earn over $1 Billion in interest while the amount of you would have repaid $5,115.85. service charges they have paid to ING DIRECT remains at $0.00. Your cost of borrowing is $115.85. And now we’re looking forward to 2005. With the loan, if you purchased a five-year ING DIRECT RSP GIC, at our current This year we want to help Canadians by offering them an RSP rate of 4.00%, you will earn $200.00 in interest by the end of the first year. solution that actually grows. Yes. An RSP that grows. Now that’s a So now you are already ahead by $84.15. radical thought. Let’s not forget your income tax refund. If you are at a marginal tax rate of 35%, Happy New Year from all of us at ING DIRECT. you could be eligible to receive a tax refund of $1,750. Save your money. So, when it is all said and done, you have just paid yourself $1,834.15 in one year’s Johanne Brossard time. That savings you can put towards your RSP for next year or other investments. President & CEO Rates current as of December 9, 2004 and are for example use only. ING DIRECT When will I receive my tax receipts? T5 Statement of investment income March 1, 2005 RL3 Statement of income for Quebec residents February 28, 2005 2004 RSP Balance of Year Statement of contributions from March 2nd to December 31st, 2004 March 1, 2005 RL2 Statement of RSP Account income for Quebec residents February 28, 2005 T4RSP Income from RSP Account including HBP and LLP March 1, 2005 NR4s Statement of amounts paid or credited to non residents March 31, 2005 Receipts for RSP contributions made in the first 60 days of 2005 will be mailed bi-weekly starting March 1, 2005. LET’S GO DUTCH Tax Receipts: FAQ Facts and trivia from the Netherlands. Every January the Dutch look forward to Some frequently asked Tax receipt related questions. the possibility of an Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Race). This grueling speed 1. I earned less than $50 dollars in interest last year. Will I receive a T5? skating marathon can only be held when ice No. That’s because the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) does not require that financial institutions freezes over a 200 km stretch of lakes and canals issue a T5 for account registrations where the total amount of interest reported for the year was less that make up the track. The Elfstedentocht is such than $50. To find out how much interest you earned last year visit ingdirect.ca. Login using your Client a rare occurrence (the last one was in 1997) that its Number and PIN, and click on the "Go" button next to your account. You will see the interest earned declaration creates excitement all over the country. in the previous year listed under your account number. It’s kind of like the excitement generated when a different kind of bank declares it has permanently 2. If I have a joint account, who will receive the T5, and how will it appear? frozen fees and service charges at zero. The name of the individual who receives the account statements, or primary account holder, will receive the T5. The names of both the primary and secondary account holders will appear on the receipt. However only the SIN of the primary account holder will be shown on the T5. 3. I have a Business Savings Account (BISA). Will I receive a T5? Here’s another No. T5s are not required for business accounts. Please consult your accountant for tax planning advice. radical thought: 4. I made a withdrawal from my ING DIRECT RSP under the Home Buyers’ Plan or RSPs are not just Lifelong Learning Plan. Will I receive a T4RSP receipt? You will be issued a T4RSP receipt for any type of withdrawal from an RSP plan, including a for retirement. withdrawal using the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) or Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP). Boxes 25 and Most people put away their RSPs for the 27 of the T4RSP will indicate which of these plans was used. time they’re going to retire. Here are two other ways that your RSP can help you: 5. Who receives the receipt for contributions to Spousal RSPs? Planning on buying your first home? The The receipt will be issued in the name of the contributor. The annuitant (owner) of the Spousal Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) allows you to RSP will not receive an RSP receipt. withdraw from your RSP tax-free to put towards the purchase or building of a home. You’ll have up to 15 years to repay your RSP. Going back to school? The Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) allows you to withdraw from your Pa$&w3rDz (A quick word about RSP for full-time education or training programs. The keeping passwords safe and secure.) Lifelong Learning Plan has a 10-year repayment period. From voicemail to email, you’ll find • Do not simply use a word that is For more information about the passwords everywhere. This quarter we’d followed or preceded by a number. HBP and LLP visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca. like to share a few general tips to help keep • Change your password regularly the passwords you use safe and secure. (i.e. every 6 months) and try not to • Do not use passwords that are easily use the same password again. guessed such as date of birth, names of people or places, etc. • Do not write your password down. Not sure how much And while we’re on the topic of passwords • A secure password should consist of and safety, never respond to any email you can contribute? at least 6 characters and it should be message requesting your user name, If you’re not sure how much you can contribute to your RSP, you can check your ?? a combination of upper and lower case password, credit card number, or any letters, numbers and special symbols. other personal information. These are 2003 Notice of Assessment to confirm your Do not use spaces. available individual contribution limit. You can referred to as "phishing" scams. also get this from Canada Revenue Agency’s • Try to use a combination that you ING DIRECT may email you from time web site (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/eservices can remember, but that is not to time, but we will never require you to /tax/individuals/myaccount/menu-e.html). easily guessed. reveal your personal information or enter Remember that you don’t have to wait until your client number or PIN after clicking • You can create a strong password by the last minute to make your RSP contribution. on a link contained in an email. using the first letter of each word in a When you make an early contribution before phrase or sentence you can remember. If you ever receive questionable messages, the rush you’ll earn high interest from or find anything suspicious with your ING DIRECT RSP ISAs or GICs. • If you use a common phrase, make sure transaction please call ING DIRECT to insert at least one number and/or immediately at 1-888-464-3232. symbol into the password. Keep in touch. If you have any comments Online Corner or suggestions, contact us by: ING Direct Funds Limited web site: ingdirect.ca More mortgage tools. has added some great email: email@example.com If you’re considering a variable rate mortgage, new funds to our lineup.* phone: 416-756-2424 let our new Variable Rate Mortgage Offer 1-888-464-3232 Comparison Calculator help you make that To find out more, call us today mail: ING DIRECT decision. This new web tool can help you at 1-877-464-5678 or visit 111 Gordon Baker Rd. compare the impact of introductory rates versus ingdirectfunds.ca Toronto, ON M2H 3R1 the consistent low rate of the ING DIRECT Our Mutual Fund Associates are Variable Rate Mortgage. Just visit our web site at available Monday to Friday, 8am ingdirect.ca, and click on the Calculator & Tools to 8pm (EST). icon on the home page. *ON, BC, SK, NB, PI, NL and AB residents only. Mutual funds are offered by ING Direct Funds Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ING Bank of Canada. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual fund securities are not covered by Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit insurer, and are not guaranteed by ING Bank of Canada or any other Canadian financial institution. 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