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It’s Not Too Late! Take Advantage of 2021 Edvest Tax Benefits.

Jan 19, 2022

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Although the April 18th tax deadline is quickly approaching, you still have time to contribute to Edvest or open a new account to be eligible for a Wisconsin tax deduction of up to $3,380 per child. Limitations apply*.

Enjoy Significant Tax Benefits while Saving for College

Wisconsin residents, regardless of their relationship to a child, can deduct up to $3,380 in 2021 and up to $3,560 for 2022 on their state tax returns. This tax deduction is per child so if you have separate accounts for two children or grandchildren you may be eligible for a state tax deduction of up to $6,760. Three accounts… $10,140 and so on.

Plus, any Edvest investment earnings grow tax-deferred and are tax-free at both the state and federal level when used to pay for qualified college expenses such as tuition, living expenses, books, computers/tablets and more!

It’s easy to add 2021 Edvest contributions to your Wisconsin income tax forms. Tax software can automatically calculate the impact of any annual 529 contributions. If you complete a paper tax return, please download and print Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) 2021 Schedule CS as well as the 2021 Schedule CS Instructions. You will find your 2021 contribution history on quarterly statements or securely, online at

Carry Forward for Future Tax Benefits

Are you rolling over balances from an out-of-state 529 plan or plan to make a large contribution from savings, inheritance or bonus? If your contributions are greater than the maximum annual state tax deduction, you may carry forward the balance until exhausted. To take advantage, please use the 2021 Schedule CS and consult a tax professional.

Want to Really Build your College Savings? Superfund.

Families anticipating large future education expenses like graduate school may be interested in accelerating contributions now. Grandparents may be interested in jump-starting college savings for grandchildren while realizing estate tax planning benefits. There’s no federal gift tax on contributions up to $16,000 per year for single filers and $32,000 for married filers. There’s even an option to gift amounts up to $80,000 for single filers and up to $160,000 for married filers if pro-rated over 5 years. This means you could make a one-time gift equivalent to the 5-year amount and it could all qualify for the federal gift tax exclusion. Consult your tax professional.

Edvest Tax Season Fast Facts

  • 2021 WI tax deduction is $3,380 per child and increases to $3,560 in 2022.
  • 1099-Q forms reporting any 2021 withdrawals have mailed. You may also download by securely logging in to your Edvest account.
  • Claim your WI tax deduction using 2021 Schedule CS, most tax software, or consult your tax professional.
  • Carry-forward additional contributions into future tax years using 2021 Schedule CS.
  • Consider superfunding to help a child or grandchild’s college savings grow with up to five years of contribution while still qualifying for an annual federal gift tax exclusion. Learn more.
If you are making your contribution online, your “contribution year” will default to 2022, but you may change it to 2021 by calling Edvest Customer Service at 1-888-338-3789.

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*To learn more about Wisconsin’s Edvest College Savings Plan, its investment objectives, tax benefits, risks and costs, please see the Plan Description at Read it carefully. For the 2021 tax year, Wisconsin taxpayers can qualify for a state tax deduction up to $3,380 per beneficiary from contributions made into an Edvest College Savings Plan. For the 2022 tax year, Wisconsin taxpayers can qualify for a state tax deduction up to $3,560 per beneficiary from contributions made into an Edvest College Savings Plan. Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds or protection from creditors for investing in its own 529 plan. Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss. If the funds aren’t used for qualified higher education expenses, a 10% penalty tax on earnings (as well as federal and state income taxes) may apply. Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice. TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI), Plan Manager. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA, distributor and underwriter for Wisconsin’s Edvest College Savings Plan.


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