Tax Warrior Chronicles

Talking Taxes with Kids – 529 Plans, IRAs and 401(k)s

Posted on Thu, Aug 15, 2019

By: Stacie L. Court, CPA, MST

 

There are many benefits to contributing early to education plans, IRAs, and 401k’s – the largest benefit being the advantage of time to compound funds in tax-advantaged accounts.   Children have many years to grow the earnings in these funds, but how do you talk to your kids about the complex world of investing in these types of funds and encourage them to start early? 

 

Let’s begin by discussing these different types of plans:   

 

Section 529 Plans

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan used to make it easier to save money for college, post-secondary training and tuition for elementary or secondary schools. 

 

Originally, 529 plans were designed to

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