The new year is a time when some of us think about resolutions and new ways to improve our health and our lives. It is also a great time to freshen up our financial portfolios.
A good start is to make sure you’ve joined the rest of our membership who’ve signed up for ACTRA PRS direct deposit. With direct deposit you’ll receive your ACTRA PRS money directly into your account without any delay! ACTRA PRS is the ACTRA division that collects and disburses Use Fees and residuals. Last year we disbursed over 12 million to performers. Remember ACTRA PRS cheques are now mailed just once per year so direct deposit makes sense and cents. If you receive your payments through your agent, don’t worry as agencies can sign up as well! Just confirm with your agency to make sure it’s on board. Please make sure we have your current email address on file. Visit actra.ca/prs for more information.
Our fraternal organization, Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS), is a tangible example of how our creative community takes care of its own. Founded by ACTRA members in 1975, AFBS has since evolved to become the member-owned, federally incorporated insurance and retirement plan provider it is today and serves over 17,000 performers and screenwriters across Canada. Canadian creators have built one of the best safety nets in the world with AFBS. You can access your AFBS account online at afbs.ca. Keep an eye on key AFBS deadlines for: voluntary RRSP contributions, Members’ Insurance Program Renewal, and extended health care, prescription drug and dental care expense claim submissions. And, by the way, tax free savings accounts (TFSA) are also available at AFBS. You can make contributions to your AFBS RRSP or TFSA accounts online.