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Is MESP legitimate?

Is MESP legitimate?

Managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing Inc. on behalf of the Michigan Department of Treasury, MESP has earned silver and gold ratings from Morningstar each year since 2012. MESP, sold directly to families that are saving for college, offers 18 investment options.

Which is better MESP or met?

Benefits from the MESP can be used for IRS-designated Qualified Higher Education expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment and certain room and board costs, whereas MET benefits can only be used for tuition and mandatory fees.

How do you get money from MESP?

How to Do It Online

  1. Login to your account Online.
  2. Select type of “withdrawal”:
  3. Select where the funds will be sent:
  4. Select “Partial” or “Total” account balance withdrawal.
  5. If you have more than one investment portfolio select “Prorated amount” or “By specific portfolio”.
  6. Enter the Withdrawal Amount(s).

What can MESP money be used for?

With MESP, you may use your funds to pay for certain room and board costs, supplies, text books, fees and equipment. Computers and related technology such as internet access fees, software or printers are also qualified education expenses.

What is the interest rate for MESP?

Effective January 1, 2022, accumulations (including contributions and earnings) under the Funding Agreement for the Principal Plus Interest Option as of December 31, 2021 will be credited to MESP with an effective annual interest rate of 1.10%, and are guaranteed to earn this rate through December 31, 2022, subject to …

Is MESP worth?

The biggest benefit that the MESP offers over other savings accounts is the tax benefits. When you contribute to the MESP you are able to deduct Michigan state taxes on up to $10,000 of contributions per year. Like a Roth IRA, the funds are invested and grow for you tax-free.

Are MESP contributions tax deductible?

As a 529 Plan, MESP offers unsurpassed income tax benefits. Although contributions are not deductible on your federal tax return, any investment earnings can grow tax-deferred, and distributions to pay for the beneficiary’s college costs come out federally tax-free.

Are MESP earnings taxable?

Can I withdraw money from 529 without penalty?

Contributions to 529 plans are not eligible for a federal tax deduction, so they represent money that has already been taxed. As a result, account owners (typically parents) can withdraw any part of their original contributions without taxes or penalties.

What happens if kids don’t use 529?

If assets in a 529 are used for something other than qualified education expenses, you’ll have to pay both federal income taxes and a 10% penalty on the earnings. (An interesting side note is that if the beneficiary gets a full scholarship to college, the penalty for taking the cash is waived.)

What happens to 529 if stock market crashes?

IRS rules for liquidating a 529 plan To claim the loss, the 529 plan account had to be completely liquidated, and any non-qualified distributions would be subject to income tax and a 10% penalty on the earnings portion of the distribution.

Can I use 529 to buy a car?

You cannot use a 529 plan to buy or rent a car, maintain a vehicle, or pay for other travel costs. If you use a 529 distribution to pay for this type of expense, those distributions are considered non-qualified.

What is the Michigan Education Savings Program (MEP)?

The Michigan Education Savings Program is similar to other TIAA-managed 529 savings programs. The Program features an enrollment year option, six multi-fund options, a single fund option and a principal protection option.

What does MESP stand for?

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