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The costs of education for children and grandchildren can be staggering and are seemingly always on the rise. Education is often one of the largest expenses families incur. Today, education savings vehicles are plentiful and diverse, with a broad range of tax benefits and consequences, financial aid implications, contribution limits, and asset flexibility. Whether the child in your life is 13 years old, 10 months old, or due any day, it's never too soon to start planning.

529 plans{79}

A 529 plan{79} is an investment plan operated by a state, designed to help families save for future college costs. One of the key advantages of a 529 plan is the income tax breaks on the non-deductible contributions. Any earnings grow tax-deferred for as long as the money stays in the plan. And when the plan makes a distribution to pay for the beneficiary's college costs, the distribution is federal tax-free as long as it is used for qualified expenses. Another major advantage is that the account holder stays in control of the assets in a 529 account. The named beneficiary has no rights to the funds.

Coverdell Education Savings Account

A Coverdell Education Savings Account is a trust account especially designed for education costs. This custodial account enables you to contribute up to $2,000 per beneficiary per year of earned income after tax. Income limitations apply. Earnings may be withdrawn tax-free for qualified educational expenses, from elementary school through college provided distributions aren't more than the beneficiary's adjusted qualified education expenses for the year. The investor chooses the investment options. This type of account is an ideal savings tool for primary and secondary education in private schools.

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It's never too soon to begin planning for your child's educational future. Your Simmons Investment Services advisor knows the questions to ask and has the answers you need.

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  • {79} Prior to investing in a 529 Plan investors should consider whether the investor's or designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program. Withdrawals used for qualified expenses are federally tax free. Tax treatment at the state level may vary. Please consult with your tax advisor before investing.
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