SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 15, 2013) - ScholarShare, California's 529 college savings program, is reminding parents that even in the middle-to-end of summer they need to continue preparing for their child's college education. One great way to do that is by contributing to a ScholarShare account or opening a new one, which can be done with as little as $25. As college tuition keeps rising, it is becoming increasingly important for families to start investing or planning for college as early as possible.
Many families have discovered opening a 529 college savings account can offer significant benefits. Any earnings from your college fund can grow tax-deferred, and are federal and California state income tax-free when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. ScholarShare has the tools to make it easier than ever for anyone to contribute to your child's future college tuition costs. Through the "Give a Gift" option, any gift-giver can open an account or contribute to an existing one. College savings specialists are available for phone and in-person consultations at no cost to answer questions.
ScholarShare continues to offer flexible features for anyone interested in starting a college savings plan. Any US citizen, or resident alien with a valid Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number, can open a new account on behalf of a beneficiary. Funds can be used at any eligible educational institution in the nation, and some abroad, for a variety of qualified higher education expenses, including mandatory fees, books, supplies, or even certain room and board costs.
About the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan:
ScholarShare accounts may be opened with as little as $25 per investment portfolio. ScholarShare has no annual account maintenance fee, no income limit and offers a high maximum account balance. Established in 1999, ScholarShare currently holds more than $5 billion in assets in more than 245,000 accounts as of 6/30/13. To sign up for an account or for more information about the plan, visit www.scholarshare.com. For information about the ScholarShare Investment Board (SIB), visit www.treasurer.ca.gov/scholarshare. Like ScholarShare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scholarshare529 and follow us on Twitter at @ScholarShare529.
Named for the section of the IRS code under which they were created, 529 plans offer valuable tax advantages. Contributions are made with money that has already been taxed. Once funds are placed in the account, investment earnings, if any, are not federally or state taxed, if withdrawn to pay for qualified higher education costs.
Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan. Please visit www.scholarshare.com for a Program Disclosure Booklet containing this and other information. Read it carefully.
Before investing in a 529 plan, consider whether the state where you or your Beneficiary resides has a 529 plan that offers favorable state tax benefits that are available if you invest in that state's 529 plan.
The tax information contained herein is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their own particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. Non‐qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal and state taxes and the additional federal 10% tax. Non-qualified withdrawals may also be subject to an additional 2.5% California tax on earnings.
Investments in the Program are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss.
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TIAA‐CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., Program Manager.