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If the beneficiary (the person getting the education) is age 30 or younger when you withdraw the money, you won’t have to pay taxes on your withdrawal. If they’re older than 30, you will need to pay taxes on the amount that you withdraw.
Coverdell savings can go to books, tuition, school uniforms, and other educational expenses. Unlike a 529 savings plan, Coverdell isn’t just for college. This type of savings can also help you pay for your child’s primary and secondary school expenses. However, the type of expense, and the institution itself, do have to be qualified.
It’s a savings account that helps you pay for your education (or your child’s) by letting you set money aside tax-free. Coverdell accounts were established in 1997 under the Taxpayer Relief Act; they’re named after Senator Paul Coverdell, who championed the program.
Most medical, dental and vision services are eligible for HSA spending. You can also use your health savings for prescription drugs.
It can also pay for certain health insurance costs. If you’re covered under COBRA or Medicare Part A or B, you can use your HSA to continue your policy or pay for premiums. You can also use HSA money to pay for premiums if you’re currently receiving unemployment compensation. Long-term care insurance is another type of premium that you can pay for with HSA money.
Let’s say your insurance policy has a $5,000 deductible, and you need $20,000 of medical care. Your insurance will pay for only $15,000 of those expenses, leaving you to come up with the first $5,000 on your own.
This is where an HSA can really help. It empowers you to set aside money for the expenses that insurance doesn’t cover, so that when you need care, you know that your expenses are already taken care of. Meanwhile, insurance provides financial security for expenses that go well beyond what you can afford to save on your own.
No. An HSA is not insurance, and it’s not a replacement for health insurance. Instead, it’s a savings account that can help you pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses that your insurance doesn’t cover, like deductibles and co-pays.
It depends on your circumstances and your goals. If you’re not sure, contact us. We can put you in touch with a member of our knowledgeable team, with the expertise to make recommendations appropriate to your situation.
If you pay taxes on your savings before setting the money aside, then every penny in your account belongs to you. If you’re able to grow that money over the course of several decades, any return on investment you receive will be yours, tax-free, as well. A Roth IRA is designed to let your money grow tax-free for this reason.
If you’re in the prime of your career or building in that direction, your income is probably higher now than it will be when you retire. As a result, you’re in a higher tax bracket now than you will be later. This means that if you pay taxes on your savings now, while setting money aside, you’ll pay a higher percentage than if you wait. A Traditional IRA is designed to let you save tax-deferred for this reason.
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