Coverdell ESAs

In 2002, the Education IRA was renamed the Coverdell Education Savings Account.

These accounts work very much like a 529 plan, offering tax-free investment growth and tax-free withdrawals when the funds are spent on qualified education expenses. However, in addition to college expenses, certain K-12 purchases are also considered qualified when using a Coverdell ESA.

However, tax-free withdrawals from 529 plans are limited to $10,000 in tuition expenses for K-12 schools, but when using a Coverdell ESA, qualified elementary and secondary education expenses also include books, supplies, equipment, academic tutoring and special needs services in connection with enrollment or attendance at an eligible school.

Also, Coverdell ESAs have much lower maximum contribution limits per child, and they are only available to families below a specified income level. Learn more about Coverdell ESAs using the links below.

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