The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 expanded the qualified use of 529 savings accounts by allowing withdrawals for K-12 tuition expenses. Section 529 of the federal tax code sets the general rules of qualified tuition programs, which authorizes each state to administer its own program and determine its unique state tax treatment and other policies.
In Colorado, the intent of the state’s 529 college savings plan, CollegeInvest, is to encourage savings for higher education. Colorado tax law remains unchanged and CollegeInvest 529 plans can only be used for qualified higher education expenses. Any other use, including K-12 tuition expenses, are considered non-qualified withdrawals and subject to penalties.
Use your Colorado Income Tax Refund to help save for college. Are you expecting a tax refund when you file your Colorado State income taxes? Did you know that you can have your refund deposited directly into your CollegeInvest account?
The new Federal tax law signed in December 2017 expands the qualified withdrawal use of 529s for K-12 tuition expenses, with a limit of $10,000 per year, per child. For more details about the Colorado state tax treatment of K-12 contributions, click here.