529 tax advantages

Benefit from tax-deferred growth.

Scholar’s Edge 529 tax advantages

Growth and distributions

  • 529 account earnings growth is deferred from federal and state income taxes.
  • Account distributions used for qualified education expenses are free from federal taxes and may also be free from state taxes.1

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State tax benefits

Some states allow for a deduction against state income taxes on contributions.2

New Mexico

Home of Scholar's Edge 529.

Tax Neutral

These states do not offer tax deductions or credit for 529 contributions, or have no state income tax.

Tax Parity

These states offer tax deductions or credit for contributions to any 529 plan, regardless of state.

In-state Tax Benefit

These states offer tax deductions or credit for contributions to the in-state 529 plan only.

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J Joint

529 Plan tax benefits by state, as of January 2024

State Maximum annual state income tax benefit: Individual/Joint Per beneficiary Carry forward State tax rate (%) State tax savings ($)
Alabama 5,000/10,000 in state plan No   5.00% $500
Arizona 2,000/4,000 No   2.50% $134
Arkansas 5,000/10,000 in-state; 3,000/6,000 out of state No 4 years 4.40% $550
Colorado Full contribution amount, to extent of taxable income No   4.40% $455
Connecticut 5,000/10,000 in state plan No 5 years 6.99% $500
District of Columbia 4,000/8,000 in state plan No 5 years 10.75% $680
Georgia 4,000/8,000 in state plan Yes   5.49% $460
Idaho 6,000/12,000 in state plan No   5.80% $600
Illinois 10,000/20,000 in state plan No   4.95% $495
Indiana 20% tax credit on contributions up to $7,500 in state plan No   3.05% $1,500
Iowa 3,785/7,570 in state plan Yes   5.70% $687
Kansas 3,000/6,000 Yes   5.70% $342
Louisiana 2,400/4,800 in state plan Yes Unlimited 4.25% $168
Maine3 1,000 per beneficiary in state plan Yes   7.15% $68
Maryland 2,500/5,000 in state plan Yes 10 years 5.75% $238
Massachusetts 1,000/2,000 in state plan No   9.00% $100
Michigan 5,000/10,000 in state plan No   4.25% $425
Minnesota 50% tax credit on contributions up to $500 or state deduction based on contributions of 1,500/3,000 available No   9.85% $204
Mississippi 10,000/20,000 in state plan No   4.70% $500
Missouri 8,000/16,000 No   4.80% $540
Montana 3,000/6,000 No   5.90% $405
Nebraska 10,000/10,000 - 5,000 if married filing separately No   5.84% $684
New Jersey Up to 10,000 deduction to in-state plan if income is 200,000 or less No   10.75% $553
New Mexico Full contribution amount in state plan No   5.90% $490
New York 5,000/10,000 in state plan No   10.90% $585
North Dakota 5,000/10,000 in state plan No   2.90% $204
Ohio 4,000 Yes Unlimited 3.50% $148
Oklahoma 10,000/20,000 in state plan Yes 5 years 4.75% $475
Oregon4 150/300 in state plan No 4 years 9.90% $300
Pennsylvania 18,000/36,000 Yes   3.07% $307
Rhode Island 500/1,000 in state plan No Unlimited 5.99% $48
South Carolina Full contribution amount in state plan No   6.40% $700
Utah 4.65% tax credit on contributions up to 2,290/4,580 in state plan Yes   4.65% $213
Vermont 10% tax credit on contributions up to 2,500/5,000 in state plan Yes   8.75% $500
Virginia 4,000 in state plan; fully deductible if 70 or older Yes Unlimited 5.75% $575
West Virginia Full contribution amount in state plan No 5 years 6.50% $650
Wisconsin 4,000, or 2,000 if married filing separately/divorced in state plan Yes Unlimited 7.65% $212

1 Please note, account distributions not used for qualified education expenses will be subject to federal income taxes on the earnings and a 10% federal tax penalty, as well as state and local income taxes.

2 Some states restrict favorable tax treatments to residents who invest in their state's own plan. Before investing through Scholar's Edge, find out if your home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are available only for investments in that state's 529 plan.

3 Taxpayers filing single or married separate returns with federal adjusted gross income of more than $100,000, and taxpayers filing married joint or head of household returns with federal adjusted gross income of more than $200,000 do not qualify for the deduction. In Maine, the state tax rate varies depending upon filing status and taxable income.

4 Tax savings may depend on your specific situation.

Assumes joint tax filers in the maximum state tax bracket for 2024 and maximum annual deduction allowed by state for up to $10,000 in 529 plan contributions.