529 Withdrawals

When you withdraw money from your 529 account for “qualified” education-related expenses at an eligible educational institution, you will not have to pay federal or state income taxes. Eligible educational institutions include any accredited higher educational institution, anywhere in the United States, such as public or private colleges or universities, graduate schools, community colleges, vocational schools and technical colleges, or any K-12 institutions.

State tax treatment of K-12 withdrawals is determined by the State where the taxpayer files state income tax. If you are not a Kansas taxpayer, please consult with a tax adviser.

  • Tuition
  • Mandatory fees
  • Computers
  • Required books, supplies and equipment
  • Qualified room and board expenses

A qualified 529 withdrawal may be made payable to the account owner, beneficiary or an eligible educational institution. Learning Quest also may make qualified withdrawals payable to certain third parties such as a sorority, fraternity and certain paying agents designated by an educational institution.

Learning Quest lets you make systematic 529 withdrawals from your account if you have ongoing payments to make for a qualified education expense.

You can set up systematic 529 withdrawals using the Account Features Form or do so online:

  • Log in to your account with your user name and password.
  • Select "View details" under the selected beneficiary.
  • Select "Manage systematic withdrawals."
  • Select "Set up a systematic withdrawal plan."
  • Enter the frequency, start date, stop date and withdrawal day.

A non-qualified withdrawal consists of proceeds that you remove from the account that do not meet the requirements of a qualified withdrawal. The earnings portion of the non-qualified withdrawal is subject to federal and state income taxes and will be subject to a 10% federal penalty tax. Kansas taxpayers may also owe Kansas state taxes on the contribution.

The availability of tax or other state benefits (such as financial aid, scholarship funds and protection from creditors) may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements, such as residency, purpose for or timing of distributions, or other factors.

 

Can my 529 Plan now be used for K-12 education?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into U.S. law in December of 2017, expanded 529 College Savings Plan benefits to include tax-free withdrawals for tuition for elementary, middle and high school students (also known as K-12 grades).

What are considered 529 qualified expenses?

If you use a Learning Quest account to fund college, qualified expenses include such items as tuition, computers, textbooks, room and board. Qualified expense for K-12 education only include tuition which has not been further defined by the I.R.S. We consider "tuition" as any mandatory fee required for enrollment. Please consult with your tax advisor for any further clarification.

What's the maximum I can take out each year?

Starting with the 2018 tax year, you can withdraw $10,000 per student, per year, from your Learning Quest account to pay for K-12 tuition. There is no limit for post-secondary (college) expenses.

State tax treatment of K-12 withdrawals is determined by the State where the taxpayer files state income tax. Please consult with a tax adviser.

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NOTE: It is the responsibility of the account owner and/or beneficiary to determine that the 529 withdrawal meets the requirements to be considered a qualified withdrawal. The January after you make a 529 withdrawal, you or the beneficiary will receive IRS Form 1099-Q. This form reports withdrawal information to the recipient and the IRS.

The availability of tax or other benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements, such as residency, purpose for or timing of distributions, or other factors.

The earnings portion of non-qualified withdrawals is subject to federal and state income taxes and a 10% federal penalty.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor for more detailed information or for advice regarding your individual situation.