College Tax Credits and Divorce

Divorced parents are probably already well aware that the financial piece of planning for college is mystifying at best. With tax season upon us, divorced parents planning to claim one of the available college tax credits– American Opportunity Tax Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit– need to know that the credit is only available to the parent who claims the student…

529 Plans and AMT

Many two-income Oregon families end up owing AMT due to our two-legged tax “stool.” That’s because, absent sales tax, we pay higher income and property taxes. For most non-1%-ers who end up owing AMT, state taxes are the biggest add-back item in the AMT calculation.* That means that if you’re paying AMT, a 529 plan contribution can be doubly beneficial. Without…

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