If you have children, you may be familiar with the 529 savings plan.
This is how it works in a nutshell.
WITHDRAWING YOUR MONEY
The idea is simple enough. But we get calls from some of you from time to time with this question:
“How exactly do I withdraw money from my 529 plan?”
Each state has its own 529 plan. Some have more than one plan. And the actual process might differ slightly from plan to plan.
That being said, you can typically do this in one of two ways:
We usually recommend the second option of reimbursing yourself. This way, you get to control every transaction with a clear audit trail, and with saved invoices and payment receipts.
Just make sure the amount of reimbursement matches up with actual expenses shown on statement, invoice and receipts.
And save everything, so in case you are audited, you can provide documentation.
QUALIFIED HIGHER EDUCATION EXPENSE
Speaking of documentation, in order for your withdrawals to be tax-free, the money must be:
Qualified higher education expenses generally include:
In general, any accredited public or private college, university, or technical school in the United States or abroad that participates in federal financial aid programs should be eligible educational institutions.
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