Compare College Savings Accounts
Plans that fund education and related expenses.
Start saving for college (and even K-12 expenses) to take advantage of tax savings, and feel secure knowing you’re prepared. Plus, since both 529 and Coverdell plans allow you to change your beneficiary, you’ll have flexibility to provide for children’s different needs with the convenience of one account.
Compare Educational Savings Accounts
Invest in a 529 college savings plan to provide for education costs and limit your tax exposure, with a minimal impact to potential financial aid.
It’s important to ensure your children can afford the education they need to reach their goals. With Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA), you choose how your funds are invested and have flexibility to change benficiaries.
You should consider many factors before deciding which 529 plan is most appropriate. Some of these factors include: the Plan’s investment options and the historical performance of these options, the Plan’s flexibility and features, the reputation and expertise of the Plan’s investment manager, Plan contribution limits and the federal and state tax benefits associated with an investment in the plan. You should discuss the tax implications of 529 Plans with your legal and/or tax advisors, as features may vary significantly from state to state. While federal tax treatment of 529 Plans is identical regardless of the state Plan, state tax treatment varies. State tax treatment may vary for “in-state” and “out-of-state” residents. Generally, state tax laws affect the contributor by way of deductibility of money going into the account, and the beneficiary and/or contributor by way of the possible taxation of distributions coming out of the account. Please read the Plan Disclosure Document before investing. It includes details about the Plan’s risks, charges and tax treatment. Most 529 Plans will accept both “in-state” and “out-of-state” applicants. Each state’s 529 Plan must be evaluated based upon its own merits relative to your needs, and the tax effects on the contributor and the beneficiary.
- Withdrawals in excess of qualified higher education expenses may be subject to federal income taxes and a 10% additional tax on the amount included in income
- Plan holdings could reduce beneficiary’s ability to qualify for grants and student loans
- Some states offer benefits for residents who invest in their state’s plan, including deductions for contributions and/or exemptions from state tax for qualified withdrawals
KIS does not give tax or legal advice. The comments regarding tax treatment in this material simply reflects our understanding of current interpretations of tax laws as they apply to the products covered in this material. Since tax laws are always subject to interpretation and possible changes, we recommend that you seek the counsel of an attorney, accountant or other qualified tax advisor regarding these matters as they apply to your particular situation.
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