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The Best Investment Gift for a Grandchild

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Regardless if you have $1 to provide or $10,000, the finest investment gift for a grandchild is to start or give to a 529 savings plan.

“For grandparents who want to help their grandchildren pay for college, these make the most sense. You have a wide range of choices of where and how much you invest, and you can keep control if you want.

More relevantly, your investment increases without tax and qualified withdrawals, for expenses like fees, room/board and tuition aren’t subject to federal or state tax. Some states give a tax deduction if you go with your home-state plan.

In the meantime, saving money in a 529 plan will put little impact on the financial aid. By contrast, if you were to put money into a customary investment account in your grandchild’s name, those amounts would be factored into the expected contribution of the family.

If your grandchild gets a full college scholarship, don’t fret. You can just name another person as the beneficiary. The individual can be of any age and doesn’t have to be a relative.

If you have to cash out, you must pay a penalty, plus state and federal tax on any earnings. This shouldn’t be a deal breaker. The benefits of putting away money in a 529 plan overshadows the possibility that you won’t use the money for college.

There are a few ways to go about giving a contribution to a 529 account. The first is to start a 529 account in your name. You will be the custodian and you can designate your grandchild as the beneficiary. The benefit of doing it this way is control. You can regulate how the money is invested and you can modify the name of the beneficiary at any time.