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529 Plans vs.Coverdell Education Savings Account The economic recession, which had given a massive blow to the economic condition of the United States as well as other countries of the world, has made people understand the need to save money. Many people in the United States are now searching for different investment plans to save money for supporting their future plans. The demand for the students’ savings plans have also increased significantly after the recession. Numerous parents are now opting for Coverdell Education Savings Account and 529 Plans to save money for child’s education. If you also want to proceed in the same way, you can take any of the abovementioned plans, as both have the same aim, to support educational expenses. However, for making the best decision, you should be familiar with the differences between the two plans. 529 Plans- The Basic Details 529 plans have been the most popular choice among the parents looking to save money for their child’s college education. These plans are either sponsored by the state or by the colleges and educational institutions. Thus, the money that is deposited in these accounts is exempted from federal income tax and state income taxes. If the investments are started early, one can save a lump sum amount of money till he attains the age of getting enrolled in a college. 529 plans, which are broadly classified into the college savings plan and prepaid tuition plans are available in every state. Thus, anyone can get these plans to support the monetary requirements of college education. As there are different options for saving money, one can easily select a plan based on his financial abilities.

Prepaid tuition plans have gained immense popularity these days, as it allows students and parents to purchase credit for funding college education. If one can make the estimates correct, he will not have to spend additional money when the child is ready to enroll in college. A college saving plan is also a good choice for someone who wants to deposit a substantial sum of money for higher studies’ expenses. In case a prepaid plan is not available in your state, this can be a good alternative. The upper limits for saving money varies depending on the type of the plan as Coverdell Education – Few Important Facts While the 529 plans are meant for funding the expenses of college, the Coverdell plans can be used for funding any sort of qualified education, from elementary schools, high schools or even in colleges. The amount deposited in this account grows as tax free income yet the distributions are taxed if the money is not used for meeting education expenses. When you are planning save some money for your child’s education by investing in Coverdell Education plan, you need to know that one can make a maximum deposit of $2000 per year for every student. Also note the account can be opened only when the beneficiary’s age is below 18 years or he is physically challenged. What is Prepaid College Plan? To know, how the prepaid college plans work, one should have the understanding of some basic facts related to prepaid college plans. Prepaid tuition plans or prepaid college plans refer to a financial scheme for supporting education in which parents can make tax free investment for their child’s education. Compared to other saving plans, this is known for its low risk. Yet, proper planning of child’s education expenses is necessary if someone wants to get the best help from these savings plan. How Do Prepaid College Plans Work?

When you are planning to accept prepaid college plans to meet any sort of educational expenses, you should at first know whether this plan is accepted in your state or the state where your child intends to study or not. You can check this with the educational institutions of the state and proceed accordingly. Once you check out the basic guidelines, you need to determine the requirements and purchase the credits when the child is in school. As soon as your child is enrolled in a college or a university, you can use the credit to receive the funds for supporting same amount of expenses. The best part is, the money that is deposited in this account can be transferred to the account of other student or one can also claim for refund if the child does not enroll for college course. Therefore, the money that is saved in this account can be put to some other use. Money invested in prepaid college plans are exempted from Federal Income Tax. In some places, State Income Tax is also not charged on the money saved in this plan. Yet, income tax is applicable if the money is withdrawn from the account and is used for meeting expenses in any other field, apart from education. Parents who are looking for prepaid college plans may also like to know that this investment scheme is divided into two different types. Depending on your requirements, you can go for prepaid unit plan or contract plan. In a prepaid unit plan, you can purchase as many units as you think will be enough for meeting the cost. Note that each unit purchased will be worth one percent of the tuition fee for the year. In case of contract plan, one needs to purchase credits for a specific period [years] at the prevailing price. One can make the investment in parts or as a lump sum. The price of the contract generally depends on the age of the child and increases with child’s age. So these are the major differences between the 529 plan and the Coverdell

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