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How do I change the RRSP carryforward amount?

You can change the amount of RRSP contributions that get carried forward (to reduce your taxable income in a future year) by changing the amount you’d like to claim this year.

The amount available for deduction minus the amount you deduct equals the amount that gets carried forward.

Select the relevant option below for instructions on how to change the amount you carry forward in TurboTax.

Note: Before beginning, fill out your personal information and build your tax profile in TurboTax to ensure optimal results. The Find button will not appear until these steps are complete.

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon) from the menu.
  2. Type RRSP Contributions in the Find window.
  3. Select RRSP Contributions to be Carried Forward and then select Go.
  4. On the RRSP/PRPP and SPP Carry Forward step, TurboTax displays the amount of contributions exceeding your limit. This amount is automatically carried forward. 
  5. To adjust how much of this tax year’s contributions get carried forward:
    • Next to RRSP/PRPP contributions you are deducting, enter the amount you’d like to deduct this year and then select Continue. The remainder will get carried forward. 
    • For example: TurboTax shows that $3,000 is available to deduct in the current tax year. If you’d like to carry forward $2,000, enter the remainder ($3,000 - $2,000 = $1,000) of $1,000 in the space provided next to RRSP/PRPP contributions you are deducting. This means that $1,000 will be deducted in the current year and the remaining $2,000 will be carried forward.
  6. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon).
  7. In the Find window, type RRSP summary. Select it from the list and then select Go.
  8. RRSPs/PRPPs are carried forward to a future year.

Note: Before beginning, fill out your personal information and build your tax profile in TurboTax to ensure optimal results. The Find button will not appear until these steps are complete.

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon) from the menu.
  2. Type RRSP Contributions in the Find window.
  3. Select RRSP Contributions to be Carried Forward and then select Go.
  4. On the RRSP/PRPP and SPP Carry Forward step, TurboTax displays the amount of contributions exceeding your limit. This amount is automatically carried forward. 
  5. To adjust how much of this tax year’s contributions get carried forward, enter the amount you’d like to carry forward and then select Continue.
  6. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon).
  7. In the Find window, type RRSP/PRPP summary. Select it from the list and then select Go.
  8. RRSPs/PRPPs are carried forward to a future year.

Related information

How do I enter RRSP contributions in TurboTax?

How do I claim (unused) RRSP contributions I made in previous years but didn’t deduct?

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