The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in December 2017, allows families to use 529 plans to pay for up to $10,000 in tuition expenses at elementary or secondary public, private or parochial schools. The changes became effective January 1, 2018.

529 plans offer tax-free earnings growth and tax-free withdrawals when the funds are used to pay for qualified expenses. Prior to the Act, the definition of qualified expenses was limited to costs associated with attendance or enrollment at a college, university or other accredited post-secondary institution. Today, families can also take tax-free withdrawals to pay for up to $10,000 of K-12 tuition.

Over 30 states offer a tax credit or deduction for a contribution to a 529 savings plan. In most cases, residents must use their home state’s plan in order to qualify, but families who live in Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana and Pennsylvania can claim a tax deduction for contributions to any state’s 529 plan. Maximum deductions and credits vary by state.

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