Issue 307

529 Dash, Required Reading for Your 529 Education: 
The goal of the 529 Dash is to help institutions and financial professionals who help families and employers in the education financial planning process by creating and sharing industry relevant news, product training, and best practices, while also building awareness and understanding of the importance of 529 plans and ABLE accounts.

Please Read, Engage and Share.

Paul Curley, CFA
Associate Director
529 & ABLE Solutions, 
ISS Market Intelligence
Twitter: @PaulCurleyBC

529 News & Research

Here is what you need to know from stories, research, and data released this week:

  • IRS Publication 970, “Tax Benefits for Education.” Editor’s Take: Pages 51 and 52 of this publication by the IRS provides a guideline for 529 qualified expenses, including when 529 assets may be used to pay for on campus housing and off campus housing. Given the expansion of students living at home or off campus while taking classes virtually, the interest in this topic has expanded and is very timely. Therefore, a review of the sources, guidelines and talking points are timely as well. To that end, in addition to reading the primary guideline documents of IRS Publication 970 and 529 plan disclosures of the 529 plan used as the investment vehicle, there are other secondary sources of information that provide some interpretation of and editorial on those two primary documents including those listed below:
  • Appriss Retail, “Consumer returns in the retail industry 2021.” Editor’s Take: In 2021, holiday retail sales were an estimated $887 billion and holiday returns were $158 billion or 17.8% of the total sales. This holiday season, give the gift that the family members want to keep while reducing the waste of time and energy by giving the gift of education through a contribution to a 529 plan. Grandparents and families want to help, and parents want the gift of a 529 instead of more clutter and noise. Together, the holiday season is the best time of the year to start this family tradition.
  • Benefits Pro, “Biden extends student-loan payment pause amid legal challenges to his forgiveness plan.” Editor’s Take: The student loan repayment pause has been extended from January 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023.
  • 529 Insiders, “3Q 2022 529 Market Sizing Highlights.” Editor’s Take: What was the 529 market sizing as of September 30, 2022? Read the article to learn more.
Webinar by ISS Market Intelligence

Please register for this upcoming quarterly webinar by ISS Market Intelligence. Join speakers of Paul Curley, CFA, Director of 529 & ABLE Research at ISS Market Intelligence, and Tim Gorrell, Executive Director of Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage, as we discuss “2022 Year-End Gifting and Planning with 529s” on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 2pm EST.

This quarter will include topics such as:
– Holiday and End-of-Year gifting strategies with 529s
– 529 Reminders, Tips and Best Practices for End-of-Year Planning
– Myth Buster Series
– 3Q 2022 529 & ABLE Market Sizing and Highlight of Key Talking Points
– Industry Announcements, Product Enhancements, Legislative Updates and Research Releases
– Live Questions and Answers by attendees

Register and see you there!

Events: 529 Conference 2023
  • 2023 Save the Date: 529 Conference 2023 will be held from September 19-21, 2023, at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Florida, USA.
December 5th, 2022
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