How much can I contribute to a 529 plan?

You may continue to make contributions until the combined balances of all accounts in the Wealthfront 529 College Savings Plan (plus other Nevada-sponsored 529 accounts) for that beneficiary reach $500,000. In some cases, investment returns may cause the total account value to exceed $500,000 even though you have contributed less than that amount.

Contributions to a 529 plan are also considered completed gifts for gift tax purposes. Under the annual gift tax exemption as of 2022, an individual donor may contribute up to $18,000 gift tax-free to each beneficiary. Donors can also fund up to 5 years’ worth of exempt gifts upfront. Therefore, a couple could contribute up to $180,000 for an individual child’s 529 account using this exemption ($18,000 X 2 donors X 5 years). Contributions beyond this amount may count toward the total lifetime gift tax exemption and/or may be subject to gift tax.

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For more information about the Wealthfront 529 College Savings Plan (the “Plan”), download the Plan Description and Participation Agreement or request one by calling
844-995-8437 or emailing Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Plan Description and Participation Agreement; please read and consider it carefully before investing. An investment in the Plan is not insured or guaranteed by the FDIC or any federal or state government or agency. You could lose all or portion of your investment. Wealthfront Brokerage Corporation serves as the distributor and the underwriter of the Plan.

Before you invest, consider whether your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in that state’s qualified tuition program

The Plan is administered by the Board of Trustees of the College Savings Plans of Nevada (the “Board”), chaired by the Nevada State Treasurer. Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, Inc. (“ABD”) serves as the Program Manager.

Earnings on nonqualified withdrawals are subject to federal income tax and may be subject to a 10 percent federal tax penalty, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax and other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

The information contained is provided for general informational purposes, and should not be construed as investment advice. Nothing should be construed as tax advice, solicitation or offer, or recommendation, to buy or sell any security. Financial advisory services are only provided to investors who become Wealthfront clients. This article is not intended as tax advice, and Wealthfront does not represent in any manner that the tax consequences described here will be obtained or will result in any particular tax consequence.