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Qualified Higher Education Expense

Tuition and related expenses that one pays to a university, college, technical school, or other post-secondary institution. Most of the time, qualified higher education expenses are tax deductible, and one may also be able to deduct the interest on savings bonds if the proceeds are used to pay for these expenses. See also: 529.
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In a world of social media and crowdfunding, Ugift brings those things together so everyone can help save for qualified higher education expenses.
As it stands now, investments in 529 plans grow tax-free and are not taxed when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses.
In addition, earnings in UESP accounts grow tax-deferred, and withdrawals are not subject to state or federal income taxes when used for qualified higher education expenses.
Distributions from a 529 plan [if used to pay qualified higher education expenses (QHEE)] are tax-free and penalty-free.
Qualified higher education expenses include tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for a designated beneficiary at an eligible educational institution.
All or part of the interest on these bonds is exempt from tax if qualified higher education expenses are paid in the same year the bonds are redeemed.
Although you do not receive any Federal tax deduction for the contributions you make to these plans, the distributions are generally tax free to the extent that you use them to pay for qualified higher education expenses.
The result further indicates that "investors are successful using 529 plans for their intended purpose of savings and spending their savings on qualified higher education expenses," the report states.
529 plans are tax-advantaged state savings programs in which the earnings on plan contributions are allowed to grow tax-free and plan distributions are not taxed to the extent they are used to pay qualified higher education expenses.
529 Plans can be used to help pay the costs of qualified higher education expenses at colleges nationwide.
Withdrawals from a 529 plan that are not used for qualified higher education expenses are subject to income tax plus a 10% penalty.
3z) Qualified higher education expenses include tuition, fees, costs for books, supplies, and equipment required for the enrollment or attendance of the student at any "eligible educational institution," and amounts contributed to a qualified tuition program.

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