Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Expands Permissible Uses for 529 Plans
By: Stefanie L. Pate, Esq. & Melanie E. Cuddyre
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was recently enacted by Congress, expands permissible uses for 529 plans for education. 529 plans, which allow cash contributions to a tax-advantaged investment account, permit individuals to withdraw contributions and earnings for qualified education expenses.
Historically, withdrawals have been limited to postsecondary education expenses. Under TCJA, the definition of qualified expenses has been expanded to include primary and secondary school expenses. This means that certain public, private, or religious K-12 tuition costs, up to $10,000 per child, per year, can be withdrawn from 529 accounts and treated as qualified expenses with respect to federal and state tax benefits.
The changes under TCJA also permit rollover amounts from 529 accounts to ABLE accounts up to the ABLE annual contribution limit, providing flexibility in planning for parents of children with disabilities.
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