Does it feel like there isn’t much money left in your paycheque after the government takes its share? Then pay yourself first – before the government taxes you. Payroll deductions can be deposited directly into your retirement plan before income tax is calculated. Here’s how it works:
Let’s say you earn $1,000 of gross pay. With a tax rate of 35 per cent, you pay $350 in tax. If you contribute $150 each pay period to a retirement plan, such as the one you have at work, you only pay $297.50 in tax. So, while $150 is invested in your retirement, your take-home pay is only reduced by $97.50. You’re not only paying yourself first, you’re paying less tax upfront and saving for the future.