“We see that as a big driver for everyone – the opportunity to put your money into the market and get that appreciation and have all those earnings tax-free when you use them for qualified expenses at a university or trade school, or wherever your child or grandchild, or whoever it is you're saving for, decides to go,” Creonte says.
If you are saving up for your child's (or grandchild's) college education, you'll want to consider a 529 College Savings Plan.
What is a 529 Savings Plan? A 529 plan lets an individual contribute after-tax dollars that are designated for qualified higher-education expenses. These expenses include tuition and fees, books, room and board, computers, and supplies. The distributions of these funds for qualified higher-education expenses are not subject to federal income tax. However, states may treat these disbursements differently. As a result, 529 plan investors need to understand the tax strategies that are available to them.