College savings accounts, known as the 529 Plan, can be confusing. Parents know that they have tax incentives. However, what exactly are those benefits? Which investment options make the most sense? Which costs are covered, and which aren’t? Many parents don’t care if they have so many questions. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the 529 plan to help get rid of some of the fog.
Right now, gifts to trusts can take advantage of high tax exemptions and remove future appreciation of assets from taxable estates. One example available to spouses is making a gift to a trust that allows for a qualified terminable interest property (QTIP) election.
The biggest misconception people have about estate planning is that “they are not that old and can do it later,” say almost half (49%) of advisors in a recent Key Private Bank Advisor Poll on estate planning. Yet, the majority (73%) of advisors say the ideal age to start putting an estate plan in place is before 40—earlier than many people think.