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Coverdell Education Savings Account Vs. A 529 Plan
There are a number of ways to save money for your child’s education. Two of the more popular options are a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) and a state-sponsored college savings plan commonly referred to as 529 plans. Both help parents and grandparents accumulate the money needed to pay for a child’s college education.
- You control how assets are invested.
- Contributions are non-tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.
- Earnings grow tax deferred.
- Funds may be withdrawn free of federal income tax if used for qualified education expenses.
- Account carries tax or other benefits, which may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements.
- Assets can be transferred to another member of the family if the intended beneficiary doesnt attend college or doesnt use all of the assets.
- Assets held within a 529 plan or an ESA may also affect your childs access to financial aid.
- Has a contribution limit of $2,000 per year.
- The contribution deadline is the tax filing date for that year, not including extensions.
- Has adjusted gross income (AGI) phase-out levels for eligible contributors of $190,000 to $220,000 for married taxpayers filing joint returns.
- Must be used or distributed by a beneficiary prior to becoming 30 years old. (The assets are deemed distributed and are subject to all taxes and penalties 30 days after the beneficiary turns 30.)
- Assets may be withdrawn for qualified elementary and secondary education expenses. That includes tuition to public or private schools, kindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as computers and educational software
- Is more flexible in terms of the types of securities and choice of fund companies in which contributions can be invested (such as mutual funds, individual stocks, or bonds).
- Has contribution limits which are set by the state offering the plan, sometimes as much as $360,000, and there is no income limit for contributors.
- The federal government allows yearly contributions from single taxpayers of up to $13,000 (increases to $14,000 in 2013) or a lump sum of $65,000 ($70,000 in 2013) in the first year of a 5-year period to avoid gift-tax consequences.
- Married couples may contribute up to $26,000 (increases to $28,000 in 2013) per year or $130,000 ($140,000 in 2013) in a lump sum for that first year contribution.
- There is no age limit on the use of 529 plan assets.
- Assets of a 529 plan may only be used for eligible expenses at accredited public or private colleges and universities.
- The state offering a 529 plan has portfolios administered by investment companies.
- Investors can change portfolios once every 12 months and after a change of the primary beneficiary.
- Investors have the ability to invest in any of a number of state plans in order to find a portfolio that most closely fits their objectives.
- Proceeds generally do not have to be used to pay educational expenses in the state offering the plan, but some states do offer benefits for investing in your home states 529 plan.
- Assets may only be invested in the portfolios offered by the state-sponsored plan in which you participate.
Take some time to explore both possibilities with your neighborhood State Farm® Agent who can guide you through the details of each plan and help you save for the future education needs of your family.
Get the answers youre looking for. Call, click or stop by your registered State Farm Agents office today or speak with a Securities Products representative by calling 1-800-447-4930.
Investing involves risk, including potential for loss.
Before investing in a 529 plan, consider the plans investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. Contact the plan issuer for an official statement containing this and other information. Read it carefully.
An investor should consider, before investing, whether the investor’s or designated beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state’s qualified tuition program.
Earnings must be used to pay for qualified higher education expenses to be federally tax free. The earnings portion of a nonqualified withdrawal will be subject to ordinary income tax at the recipient's marginal rate and subject to a 10% penalty. State Farm does not provide tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor for specific information about your tax situation, including any state tax consequences of an investment. The availability of such tax or other benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements.
A $65,000 gift is viewed as an accelerated gift over five years. Any other gifts to the same beneficiary by the contributor in that tax year or in any of the succeeding four years may result in a federal gift-tax liability. If the contributor dies within the five-year period, a prorated portion of the contribution may be included in his or her taxable estate.Additional Disclosures
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The Blended Benchmark for the Equity and Bond Fund is a combination of 60% of the S&P 500 Index and 40% of the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, rebalanced monthly.
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