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How do I model 529 accounts?
How do I model 529 accounts?

This article describes adding 529 accounts and contributions.

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Written by Nancy Gates
Updated over a week ago

529 plans are popular ways to save tax-advantaged funds for education expenses. Follow these steps to set up 529 accounts:

Create 529 Account(s)

Step 1: Go to My Plan > Accounts and Assets

Step 2: Open the Savings section

Step 3: Click on "Add an account +"

Step 4: Indicate that this is a 529

Step 5: Decide if this is your account or your spouse's account

Step 6: Either link your account or enter details manually (we will be doing Manual Entry for this exercise)

Step 7: Enter an account name and balance. Enter a balance of $0 if you have yet to fund the account

Step 8: If your 529 is invested, enter optimistic and pessimistic growth rates. If your 529 is liquid, enter "0%" for growth rates

Step 9: Navigate to Income or Money Flows if you would like to add contributions to the account.


529 Assumptions

529 accounts have annual contribution limits per contributor (contribution limits are not modeled in the tool).

529 accounts must be used for education expenses (spending restrictions are not modeled in the tool).

The majority of states do not tax contributions to 529 plans, though some do. The tool will model state deductions when they are available.

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