Unlike Traditional and Roth IRA’s, Educational IRA’s are not tools for retirement savings. They are designed solely to help pay for higher education expenses and are subject to unique advantages.
Earnings on the funds in an Educational IRA will be tax free if they are used to pay for higher education expenses before the designated beneficiary reaches age 30. The earnings are taxable to the designated beneficiary (not the responsible individual or contributor) if they are withdrawn for any other purpose.
An Education IRA encourages a regular savings program for a child’s education. Persons, such as grandparents, can fund this type savings and in many instances, funds can be moved from one family member’s account to another’s.
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