David Lerner Associates: Who Can Benefit From College Savings Plans?
There are many types of people who can benefit from college savings plans especially parents and grandparents of young children, casual investors, or anyone wanting to transfer wealth to another family member as part of an estate plan.
But the people most likely to benefit from these plans are the children themselves -- obviously. Keeping your child out of a bottomless pit of student loans is probably the best thing you could do for their finances.
Student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1.1 trillion with 39% of millennials reporting that being worried about money and their financial future is a weekly concern.
Higher investment accounts, known as 529 plans, have excellent tax advantages and offer savings for college as well as federal and state tax breaks on earnings.
Here are some types of people who would especially benefit from these 529 plans.
1. Casual investors
529 plans offer packages of investments based on the age of the child, the beneficiary. Parents who don’t have much expertise or experience with investing can invest in these plans which get progressively more conservative as the child reaches college age.
2. High tax states
If you live in California and suffer a 13.3% income tax (or any other high-tax state), then you’d benefit the most from having an income tax deduction. States differ in their limits for deductions on annual contributions, and it would be wise to check with your state's treasury office for tax laws.
Grandparents who want to contribute money to their grandchildren’s future but don't want to give up control of the funds, have the option to open a 529 plan in their own names with the grandchild listed as the beneficiary.
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