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Education Tax Credits

Tax time is as good a time as any to discuss education tax credits. The federal tax code provides two primary tax credits, the American Opportunity tax credit (formerly the Hope Scholarship) and the Lifetime Learning Credit. There are slight differences in each, and depending on a family’s circumstances, one or the other may be more beneficial. You can claim…

Over-Funding a 529 Plan

What happens if you don’t use all the money in your 529 plan? This may happen for a variety of reasons: your child received a scholarship, chose a less expensive school than what you had budgeted for, or didn’t attend college after all. Maybe you had other family members contributing to the cost of college. Maybe you just put more…

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