New York - The Education IRA is a separate IRA account for a named beneficiary to save for higher education. This account is funded by non-tax deductible contributions.
Earnings of this account are subject to inclusion in gross income and an additional 10% tax upon distribution should it exceed qualified higher education expenses. The following are other key characteristics:
Contributions of up to $500 annually are allowed which is in addition to the $2,000 regular IRA limit.
Contributions may be made regardless of whether the beneficiary has gross income
Contributions may not be made after the beneficiary has reached 18
Income limitations for contributions begin at $150,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly and $95,000 for single taxpayers.
The key benefit of the account is the tax-deferred aspect of the earnings whether capital gains or dividends until the year of distribution.
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