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9 Keys to Education Planning

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Sep 12, 2019 5:48:00 AM


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.

The figures are daunting. Estimates project the cost of yearly tuition at a private college will be over $130,000 per year by the time today's grade schoolers reach college. The key to tackling these overwhelming figures is to have a strategy and long-term approach to saving for higher education.

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Topics: education, financial planning, Financial Planning - College, 529 plan, college, tuition

Ask the Expert: Should I Take the Educational Tax Breaks or My Child?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Mar 22, 2019 6:12:00 AM

Should I Take the Educational Tax Breaks or My Child?

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Topics: education, tax services, deductions, income tax

Ask the Expert: Should I Take the Educational Tax Breaks or My Child?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Mar 13, 2019 7:52:02 AM

Who should take the educational tax breaks, me or my child?

That’s a great question! The answer is: It depends.

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Topics: education, deductions, income tax

Use of Section 529 plans now available for elementary and high school tuition

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Aug 30, 2018 9:36:05 AM

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.

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Topics: education, 529 plan, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Back to school sales tax holiday set for early August in Ohio

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jul 24, 2018 1:13:56 PM

Back to school shoppers have the opportunity to pay a little bit less for purchases in early August.

Ohio’s sales and use tax holiday begins at midnight on Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 5 at 11:59 p.m.

The state’s legislature passed legislation in March to create a permanent sales tax holiday each year on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August.

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Topics: education, expenses

Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday: What You Need to Know That Can Save You Dough

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Jul 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

With school just a few weeks away, many parents are in the thick of back-to-school shopping. The thought of spending countless hours in the stores and comparing sale prices online to save on pencils, paper, book bags and school clothes can be daunting.

Fortunately, the State of Ohio has renewed legislation allowing for a second sales tax holiday, August 5 – 7, 2016.  This sales tax holiday only applies to certain types of goods purchased from 12:01 am August 5th through 11:59 pm August 7th

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Topics: education, Taxes - Individual

Child Heading Off to College Soon? 3 Important Lessons About 529 Plan Withdrawals

Posted by DeAnna Alger, CPA on Jun 24, 2016 3:00:00 PM

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.   

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Topics: education, 529 plan, income, income tax, withdrawls, college, tuition

Tax Strategies for College Students of Higher Income Taxpayers

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Nov 5, 2014 9:04:00 AM

Posted by: Michael Hermes, Tax Senior

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Topics: education, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Financial Planning - College


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