Tax-Free Income: 2 High-Yield Stocks for TFSA Investors

Here’s how retirees can generate passive income that won’t be taxed by the Canada Revenue Agency.

| More on:
Two colleagues working on new global financial strategy plan using tablet and laptop.

Image source: Getty Images

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s premium investing services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn more

Retirees and other Canadian investors are searching for ways to generate passive income that won’t be taxed by the Canada Revenue Agency.

One popular strategy involves owning dividend stocks inside a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). The TFSA limit in 2020 will increase by $6,000, boosting the cumulative maximum contribution room to $69,500 per person.

Let’s take a look at two stocks that might be interesting picks for a TFSA income portfolio.


Inter Pipeline (TSX:IPL) is a Canadian midstream energy company with operations in Canada and Europe. The domestic assets include conventional oil pipelines, oil sands pipelines, and natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction assets.

IPL’s European operations include bulk liquids storage facilities spread out across five countries. IPL is considering a sale of the international business to help fund the Canadian capital program.

IPL is spending $3.5 billion to construct the Heartland Petrochemical Complex near Edmonton. The site will convert propane to plastic that is used in a wide variety of manufacturing applications. The development is on schedule and should start generating revenue by the end of 2021. IPL expects the facilities to contribute additional annual EBITDA of at least $450 million.

The stock is down this year on concerns the company might have to take on too much debt to complete the Heartland project. In the event the storage business is sold, the stock could get a nice boost. In the meantime, investors can pick up a 7.8% dividend yield.

The payout ratio is reasonable, so the dividend should be safe. The IPL board kept the dividend the same through 2019, but raised the distribution in each of the past 10 years.


Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM)(NYSE:CM) has paid investors a piece of the profits every years since 1868. That’s a solid track record that has endured every major economic downturn.

The bank spent more than US$5 billion in the past two years to acquire businesses in the United States. This is the start of a plan to diversify the revenue stream and reduce the risk associated with relying too heavily on the Canadian economy. The new businesses are performing well, and management has indicated that additional deals could be on the way south of the border.

CIBC raised the dividend twice in 2019, and investors should see increases continue in line with earnings-per-share growth. The current payout provides a yield of 5%.

CIBC trades at a discount due to the perceived risk associated with its large residential mortgage portfolio.

In the past six months, the housing market has picked up a new tailwind, as reduced borrowing costs are allowing more buyers to participate. Existing homeowners are also able to renew their mortgages at lower rates, which is helping reduce the threat of defaults. As long as employment levels remain strong in key markets, the housing sector should remain in decent shape.

CIBC appears cheap today, and investors get paid well to wait for an increase in the price-to-earnings multiple.

The bottom line

IPL and CIBC appear oversold today and pay attractive dividends that should be safe. If you have some cash sitting on the sidelines, these stocks deserve to be on your radar for a TFSA income fund.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Andrew Walker has no position in any stock mentioned.

More on Dividend Stocks

Dividend Stocks

2 Undervalued TSX Dividend Stocks to Buy in July

These unloved TSX dividend stocks could deliver attractive returns in the back half of 2022.

Read more »

sad concerned deep in thought
Dividend Stocks

$20 Billion Telco Merger: More Concessions and Conditions Ahead?

The mediation process in the proposed telco merger could lead to more concessions and conditions before the competition watchdog grants…

Read more »

Dividend Stocks

RRSP Investors: 2 Cheap TSX Dividend Stars to Buy for Total Returns

RRSP investors seeking attractive total returns can now buy top TSX dividend stock with high yields at discounted prices.

Read more »

rail train
Dividend Stocks

Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP): A Top Wide-Moat Stock to Buy and Hold Forever

CP Rail keeps the goods moving around the country. Here’s why it’s a great pick for new investors.

Read more »

Businessmen teamwork brainstorming meeting.
Dividend Stocks

The 3 Top Large-Cap Stocks for TSX Investors

Have peace of mind by investing in top large-cap stocks during this market correction. Start researching BAM (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM)!

Read more »

Golden crown on a red velvet background
Dividend Stocks

3 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever

Three Dividend Aristocrats are excellent holdings for new and old investors with long-term financial goals.

Read more »

Dividend Stocks

Top TSX Stocks: 2 Industry Leaders to Own for 25 Years

These top TSX stocks pay attractive dividends and have made some long-term investors quite wealthy.

Read more »

Senior Couple Walking With Pet Bulldog In Countryside
Dividend Stocks

Retirees: 2 Great TSX Dividend Stocks to Buy Now for TFSA Passive Income

These stocks look cheap to buy for a TFSA focused on passive income.

Read more »