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Planning for College Costs

There are a lot of considerations when choosing how to fund a child's future education.

Whether a child is still in diapers or already looking at potential colleges, get out your pencil and take note of these money-saving strategies.

First, the bad news: Over the last 20 years, college tuition costs have increased at more than double the rate of inflation. The good news is that several tax-wise planning techniques exist to help you save.

With college tuition skyrocketing, many parents and grandparents are interested in learning more about saving and paying for college. COUNTRY Financial® can give you a tangible plan that will give you the guidance you need to reach this important financial goal.

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

  • This type of account is managed by you on behalf of a designated beneficiary.
  • Earnings are nontaxable and distributions are tax free as long as the funds are used for qualified education expenses.
  • The annual contribution limit is $2,000 per beneficiary.
  • Contributions are phased out at certain income levels. No contributions are allowed if your Modified Adjusted Gross Income exceeds $110,000 ($220,000 for joint filers).

529 Plans

  • With these state-sponsored plans, no income limits apply for participation.
  • Substantial contributions are allowed.
  • Contributions are considered completed gifts to the beneficiary for tax purposes.
  • Normally, gifts of less than $13,000 to a single individual or $26,000 for married couples in one year are not subject to federal gift tax. Thus, parents and grandparents who set up 529 plans can reduce their taxable estates and still retain control of disbursements.

 

COUNTRY Financial® and our representatives cannot give tax advice. Any information we provide reflects our understanding of current tax laws, which are subject to change and reinterpretation. See your tax advisor regarding your personal circumstances.

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This article was prepared by COUNTRY Financial®.

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