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529 College Saving Plans

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The New Rules for 529 College Savings Plans & K-12 Tuition

February 4, 2019

The last tax reform law provided a tool that’s such a good way to help pay for a family member’s education… Many states are worried it will break their budgets! You’re probably familiar with 529 college savings plans. These are sort of like Roth IRAs for college savings. They were created in the 1990s, and […]

Alternative Uses of 529 Plans

August 10, 2018

Suppose you set up a 529 college savings plan for a child or grandchild, and now the youngster doesn’t need it. Maybe the child received a full scholarship or won’t be attending college. This article explains that you have several option. The most logical is to change the beneficiary to another child or grandchild, or […]

New 529 Plan Rules

June 18, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made some changes to 529 savings plans, which I discussed in Retirement Watch. This article says many parents still aren’t making use of the provision and explores the reasons why. They may be concerned their funds in a 529 plan could reduce their child’s chances of being awarded a […]

Best 529 College Savings Plans

October 24, 2013

Morningstar is out with its annual ranking of section 529 college savings plans. These are plans that qualify for a slew of tax benefits under section 529 of the tax code. I’ve written about the plans in detail in the past. They’re great estate planning tools and provide an excellent way to sock money away […]

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A Loophole for 529 Plans Losses

December 1, 2008

Many people who saved for college through 529 savings plans face substantial losses in their accounts. There is a silver lining in the tax law, and it is one reason 529 plans are among the best ways to save for education. Income and gains earned by the 529 account are sheltered. If the account balance […]


What is Behind the Boom in 529 College Plans

December 1, 2007

Investments in 529 college savings plans are increasing rapidly, and there are good reasons for it. The benefits are enhanced, and the alternatives are less attractive than they used to be. Congress expanded the Kiddie Tax and made it tighter, causing Uniform Gift to Minors Act accounts and direct gifts to children to be less […]


529 Plans Equalized, Estate Planning Should Adjust Accordingly

March 1, 2006

The recent deficit reduction law gave a boost to 529 prepaid college plans. There are two types of 529 plans: prepaid plans and savings plans. Under prepaid plans, the state guarantees that tuition and fees are covered by an amount determined today, even if inflation or investment returns are different from what was anticipated. The […]


Estate Planning: New Looks in 529 Plans

December 1, 2004

States are making big changes in their 529 college savings plans. These are the tax-advantaged plans that help people save for the education expenses of their children or grandchildren, or anyone else for that matter. Numerous forces caused the changes. It has been pointed out, in this newsletter especially, that after the 2003 tax law […]

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