Questions tagged [529-plan]

for questions that relate to a 529-plan. A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged investment vehicle in the United States designed to encourage saving for the future higher education expenses of a designated beneficiary.

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What is a good strategy for an over-funded 529 account?

Given a situation where there is an abundance of funds in a 529 account for the current educational situation, what is a clean strategy for getting the money out with minimal taxation? This over-...
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What are the rules on overfunding a 529 college savings account?

I read somewhere that overfunding a 529 account could be subject to taxes and a 10% penalty. Does anyone know how this works? Obviously, it is very difficult to predict the tuition costs 10 or 15 ...
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529 plan withdrawal penalties

My son is a freshman this year. We live in and he attends school in California. We pulled out the first $ from our Utah 529 plan. I had the money deposited in my account since I paid the ...
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Should I use a Roth 401K rather than 529 to save for children's college?

I have set up a 529 for my child's college fund but the more I look at it the less useful it seems compared to alternatives. The 529 is quite restricted -- What if she doesn't go to college? What if ...
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Do I need to start a 529 plan for each child (2 separate plans), or can I just open one 529 plan and let both children use it?

I am looking at starting 529 plans for my kids. My question is whether I need to start one for each of them (2 separate plans), or can I just open 1 and both of them can use it? I would assume the ...
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529 Plans vs Coverdell ESA

I was recently introduced to ESAs (did not know they even existed), and am trying to decide if I want to open an ESA or a 529 account. I was attracted to the ESA initially because it looks like you ...
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Can I personally start and use a 529 college savings account?

I am still a college student, and I am currently working. I am taking out loans for my tuition costs and paying for the rest of my expenses out of pocket (from my job). Yet I was wondering if I could ...
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College Savings: Using available IRA vs establishing a 529 plan?

A financial adviser has recommended to me using my IRA to save for my son's college with the following notion in mind: 529 plans must be used for education, therefore if he doesn't want to attend* or ...