The ideal solution for business owners and senior executives
An Individual Pension Plan (IPP) is a deﬁned beneﬁt pension plan essentially set up for one person.
The plan design takes into account the member’s salary, age and years of service in order to maximize the money that can be saved for retirement, on a tax deferred basis.
The contribution room in an RRSP is determined based solely on the member’s salary, up to the maximum allowable rate and dollar limit determined by the government.
By taking into account not only the member’s salary but also his/her age and years of service in its design, the IPP is a more effective alternative for the unique retirement planning needs of business owners and senior executives.
Individuals over 40 who regularly earn at least $75,000 in employment income (T4).
For younger individuals, or lower income earners, the buying back of eligible years of past service can make the IPP an attractive program.
For the small business owner
Maximize tax-sheltered contributions and beneﬁts for retirement
Provide ownership and protection of assets, under certain circumstances
Facilitate the sale of the company or business succession planning
Enhance compensation to executives
Attract and retain key individuals
Deduct, for tax purposes, plan administration expenses
If an IPP is considered for more than one individual in the same organization, a multiple IPP solution is available that is both ﬂexible and cost effective. To further enhance beneﬁts, the IPP can be combined with a Retirement Compensation Arrangement (RCA) or other supplementary executive retirement plan.
The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada is a major investment, retirement, and ﬁnancial protection company. Along with its afﬁliated companies in Canada, The Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada had $36.89 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2006. We offer a wide range of ﬁnancial products and services to over 1.31 million individuals, including group insurance and pension plan members. Total premium income and deposits reached $5.17 billion in 2006. Standard Life group has been a prominent player in the Canadian marketplace since 1833. (www.standardlife.ca) The Standard Life group is a leading provider of ﬁnancial products and services, with approximately 7 million customers and 1.5 million shareholders worldwide. As of December 31, 2006, its investment management business had $301 billion in assets under management. Founded in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1825, The Standard Life Assurance Company demutualized in 2006 and a new public company – Standard Life plc – was born. Standard Life plc was listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), under the ticker symbol or code SL., on July 10, 2006. Standard Life plc entered the FTSE 100 on September 18, 2006, after the quarterly review of the index by the FTSE group. In March 2007, Standard Life Plc became part of the FTSE4Good Index, which is used to identify companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. (www.standardlife.com)
Small businesses and corporations can tax shelter thousands of dollars more in an IPP than they can by using alternate methods to contribute to an RRSP alone. Assets held in the IPP grow and remain tax-sheltered even during retirement, if the pension is paid out directly from the plan. Years of past service with the current employer can be recognized, subject to certain conditions, resulting in additional tax-deferred contributions and retirement beneﬁts. Table 1 shows an example of the possible asset accumulation at 7.5% compound interest per annum using an IPP as compared to contributing to an RRSP alone up to the maximum permitted, for a male member aged 50 earning a salary of $110,000 per year and retiring at age 65.
Depending on how the plan is worded, the IPP assets, including the actuarial surplus, if any, may become the property of the member, on plan wind-up. Within certain limits, the surplus may be used to upgrade retirement beneﬁts, although some of it may be subject to income tax. If there is a funding shortfall, it may have to be made up by the employer, depending on applicable legislation, but the additional contributions are tax deductible.
The IPP generally provides protection from creditors in situations where the IPP is required to be registered with pension authorities and is fully subject to provincial or federal pension legislation. Seizure may apply in cases of tax recovery by tax authorities and defaults on alimony payments or compensatory allowances.
The IPP is designed to generate the most pension and ancillary beneﬁts a registered pension plan can buy. An employee aged 40 participating in an IPP until age 65 can expect to receive at retirement, under certain conditions, an annual pension approximately 32% higher than by using an RRSP alone (refer to table 2). Furthermore, depending on the circumstances, additional beneﬁts may be provided:
An IPP is subject to a number of statutory requirements that make it important to have the plan in the hands of an experienced service provider. At Standard Life, all IPP services are available in one place.
Standard Life and its specialized personnel, dedicated to the funding and administration of deﬁned beneﬁt pension plans, provides for a trouble-free plan through a turn-key solution:
Ongoing advice on plan design
Preparation of the plan text
Plan registration with the relevant authorities, when required
Preparation of initial and triennial actuarial valuations
Monthly fund statements for the plan sponsor
Annual statements for members
Preparation of Annual Information Returns and/or other reports and forms required by pension authorities
Annual calculation of the Pension Adjustment (P.A.) for T4 tax reporting purposes
The IPP assets are invested through Standard Life’s Quality & Choice Investment Program that offers, through some of the best fund managers in the business today, a wide range of market-related funds, which are diversiﬁed by:
In addition, IPP assets may be invested in a variety of term deposit funds. The plan sponsor may track the evolution of IPP assets through Standard Life’s VIP Room website, as well as access various investment related decision-making tools and information. Here is a list of participating fund managers in our Quality & Choice Program.