529 plans grow in popularity due to the importance of children attending college to increase their professional prospects, all while the total expense of attending college has increased at a rapid rate. Ever since the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 which birthed these plans, the usage of 529 plans has increased due to their ability to grow investments tax free and be used on qualified educational expenses without incurring any taxes for selling those investments. So, the question for most people is how do you chose one?
As the April 17 tax filing has come and gone, one thing on the mind of many taxpayers now that they have caught their breath, is how much more or less their tax liability will be as a result of the Tax Cuts Jobs Act (TCJA) -- also know as the new tax law enacted by the Trump administration. According to Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center, about 80% of taxpayers will see a reduction in their tax liability, but about 5% will notice an increase in what they owe.
With the recent, yet surprising, cooperation between the White House and Congress, the Trump tax reform bill is set to take effect starting this new year. Don't worry your 2017 tax returns are not impacted. However, the tax law changes will affect personal incomes for the next 10 years, starting in 2018. So the question many of my clients have been asking me is, how does tax reform impact our personal bottom line?