Coverdell Education Savings
Save for education with a wide range of securities.
It’s important to ensure your children can afford the education they need to reach their goals. With Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA), you choose how your funds are invested and have flexibility to change beneficiaries.
|Yearly Contribution Limit||
$2,000 per child1
|Federal Tax on Withdrawals||
|Penalties for Non Qualified Withdrawals||
10% additional federal tax on taxable distributions
|Deadline for Tax Year Contributions||
April 15, 2021 (may vary each year)2
K-12 (includes supplies & special ed.) and college
- Qualified K-12 education expenses include books, supplies, equipment, academic tutoring and special needs services connected to attendance at an eligible school.
- You may change the beneficiary of the account to pay for education expenses or another child.
- If your modified adjusted gross income is less than $110,000 ($220,000 for joint returns), you may be able to establish a Coverdell ESA to finance qualified education expenses for a designated beneficiary. When you establish the account, the beneficiary must be under age 18 or be a special needs beneficiary.2
- Any number of accounts can be opened for one beneficiary, but if the annual deposits across those accounts exceed $2000, a penalty will be owed.
- For financial aid purposes, the beneficiary is considered the account owner, so impact to financial aid is minimized.
- Contributions must be made in cash.
- Beneficiary becomes owner once they reach legal age.
- You can contribute to both a 529 plan and an ESA for the same beneficiary.
Topic No. 310 Coverdell Education Savings Accounts [Web Post]. Internal Revenue Service. Published: August 23, 2019. Accessed: November 25, 2019. https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc310.
Check current tax year information on IRS.gov.
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