States where you can claim a prior-year 529 plan tax deduction

Kathryn Flynn
By: Kathryn Flynn
By: Savingforcollege.com

State income tax deadlines are approaching, but families saving for college may still have time to reduce their 2018 taxable income. Currently over 30 states, including the District of Columbia offer a state income tax deduction or credit for 529 plan contributions. Most states have a December 31 contribution deadline to qualify for a 529 plan tax deduction, but taxpayers in the states listed below have until April.

Click on the state’s name to find out more about the 529 plans they offer.

Georgia

529 plan tax deduction:

Contributions up to $2,000 ($4,000 for a joint return) per beneficiary each year are deductible from Georgia state income tax. Contributions must be made to a Georgia 529 plan in order to qualify.

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Iowa

529 plan tax deduction:

Contributions and rollover contributions up to $3,319 per beneficiary are deductible from Iowa state income tax. Eligible contributions must be made by the account owner. Contributions must be made to an Iowa 529 plan in order to qualify

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Mississippi

529 plan tax deduction:

Contributions and rollover contributions up to $10,000 for a single return and up to $20,000 for a joint return are deductible from Mississippi state income tax. Contributions must be made to a Mississippi 529 plan in order to qualify.

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Oklahoma

529 plan tax deduction:

Contributions and rollover contributions up to $10,000 for a single return and up to $20,000 for a joint return are deductible from Oklahoma state income tax, with a five-year carryforward of excess contributions. Contributions must be made to an Oklahoma 529 plan in order to qualify

Deadline: April 15, 2019

South Carolina

529 plan tax deduction:

Contributions and rollover contributions are fully deductible from South Carolina state income tax. Contributions must be made to a South Carolina 529 plan in order to qualify

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Wisconsin

529 plan tax deduction:

Contributions and the principal portion of rollover contributions of up to $3,200 per beneficiary per year ($1,600 for those married filing separately or divorced), are deductible from Wisconsin state income tax. The principal portion of contributions above the maximum deduction amount may be carried forward until the total amount of contributions has been deducted. Contributions must be made to a Wisconsin 529 plan to qualify.

Deadline: April 15, 2019



Kathryn Flynn

Kathryn Flynn

Content Director

Kathryn is Content Director at Savingforcollege.com. She has been quoted in financial publications including the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Fortune, Money and GOBankingRates, and has been an expert guest on personal finance podcasts. Prior to Savingforcollege.com, Kathryn worked in product marketing at Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors), a global asset manager. She earned her MBA with Finance Concentration from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and has prior FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses. Kathryn has 529 college savings plans for each of her three children, and enjoys creating content to help other families prepare for future higher education costs.



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