Whether your children (or grandchildren) are 2 or 20, there’s one big thing probably weighing on your mind: How to pay for college. You’re not alone. According to recent studies, 42% of parents surveyed say their top money concern is paying for their child’s education.
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High school and elementary school tuition can now be paid through a 529 savings plan.
For many families, use of Section 529 plans or “Qualified Tuition Programs” for college tuition planning has provided a great way to exempt the growth of a dedicated asset account when used for qualified education expenses.
The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act made changes to this tool to allow for up to $10,000 in annual expenses for tuition with enrollment or attendance at a qualified elementary or secondary public, private or religious school.
Many of my clients have a child heading off to college in a month or two and have asked about 529 Plan withdrawals to help cover upcoming education expenses.
Contrary to what some may think, not all withdrawals are tax-free. Therefore, it is important to understand the basics of 529 plan distributions to avoid paying unwanted federal income tax. While it can be confusing, much like venturing into a college classroom, we’ve broken it down into three simple lessons.