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Before you invest in a Section 529 plan, request the plan's official statement from your Financial Solutions Advisor and read it carefully. The official statement contains more complete information, including investment objectives, charges, expenses and risks of investing in the 529 plan, which you should consider carefully before investing. You should also consider whether your home state or your beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's 529 plan. Section 529 plans are not guaranteed by any state or federal agency.
Any tax statements contained herein were not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used for the purpose of avoiding U.S. federal, state or local tax penalties. Neither Merrill Edge nor its Financial Solutions Advisors provide tax, accounting or legal advice. Clients should review any planned financial transactions or arrangements that may have tax, accounting or legal implications with their personal professional advisors.1 Qualifications:
To qualify for this offer, you must open a NextGen College Investing Plan Account and fund the account with at least $5,000 in cash within 30 calendar days of account opening. The balance must be held in the account for a minimum of 90 consecutive days following the funding date. The balance must be held in the account for a minimum of 90 consecutive days following the funding date.Definition and Rules regarding $50 Bonus:
The $50 bonus is a one-time credit that will be applied to the newly opened NextGen College Investing Plan Account after the relevant qualification criteria are met. The $50 bonus will be paid during the calendar month after which the 90-day funding criteria are met; only one bonus per account. The $50 bonus will be applied to your account and invested in the various securities offered by the Plan based on your new-investment allocation in effect on the date that the bonus is provided.
Merrill Edge reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time. Merrill Edge does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult a legal or tax advisor regarding your individual circumstances.2
To be eligible for favorable tax treatment afforded to any earnings portion of withdrawals from Section 529 accounts, such withdrawals must be used for "qualified higher education expenses," as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. Any earnings withdrawn that are not used for such expenses are subject to federal income tax and may be subject to a 10% additional federal tax, as well as applicable state and local income taxes.3
Section 529 plans are established by various states and are offered to residents of all states. Depending on the laws of the customer's home state, favorable tax treatment for investing in a Section 529 plan may be limited to investments made in a Section 529 plan offered by the customer's home state. Neither Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated nor any of its subsidiaries are tax or legal advisors. We suggest you consult your personal tax or legal advisor before making tax or legal-related investment decisions.4
For 2013, individuals can gift up to $70,000 ($140,000 for married couples filing jointly) per beneficiary in a single year without incurring gift tax. Contributions between $14,000 and $70,000 ($28,000 and $140,000 for married couples filing jointly) made in one year can be prorated over a five-year period without subjecting you to gift tax or reducing your federal unified estate and gift tax credit. If you contribute less than the $70,000 ($140,000 for married couples filing jointly) maximum, additional contributions can be made without you being subject to federal gift tax, up to a prorated level of $14,000 ($28,000 for married couples filing jointly) per year. Gift taxation may result if a contribution exceeds the available annual gift tax exclusion amount remaining for a given beneficiary in the year of contribution. For contributions between $14,000 and $70,000 ($28,000 and $140,000 for married couples filing jointly) made in one year, if the account owner dies before the end of the five-year period, a prorated portion of the contribution may be included in his or her estate for estate tax purposes.5
Financial aid rules may change, and the rules in effect at the time the beneficiary applies may be different. For more complete information visit the Department of Education Web site at www.ed.gov
The account owner can change the beneficiary to another member of the family of the original beneficiary, without penalty. Please refer to the Internal Revenue Code definition of "member of the family." If assets are contributed from an UGMA/UTMA account, the custodian may not change the designated minor, except as permitted by applicable law.7
Institutions must be eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some foreign institutions are also eligible.8
The beneficiary must be attending an accredited institution at least half time for room and board to be considered an eligible expense.9
The 10% additional tax does not apply to withdrawals as a result of the designated beneficiary receiving a scholarship or the designated beneficiary's attendance at a U.S. military academy provided the withdrawals do not exceed the amount of the scholarship or value of attendance at the academy. The 10% additional tax also does not apply as a result of withdrawals made due to the death or disability of the designated beneficiary.10
The portion of the underlying deposits in the Bank Deposit Account that is attributable to the Units held by a Participant in the NextGen Savings Portfolio or the Principal Plus Portfolio is (a) eligible for FDIC insurance coverage of up to $250,000 per Participant (calculated on a basis which aggregates that portion of the underlying deposits attributable to the Units held by the Participant in the NextGen Savings Portfolio or the Principal Plus Portfolio with all FDIC-insured assets held by the Participant at the Bank) and (b) for purposes of FDIC insurance coverage only, considered to be held in the same ownership capacity as a Participant's other single ownership accounts held at the Bank. However, neither Units of the NextGen Savings Portfolio nor the Principal Plus Portfolio are insured or guaranteed by the FDIC or any other agency of state or federal government, FAME, the Bank or the Program Manager, nor does a Participant have a direct beneficial interest or the rights of an owner in the underlying deposits in the Bank Deposit Account. Participants are responsible for monitoring the aggregated value of the portion of the underlying deposits of the NextGen Savings Portfolio or the Principal Plus Portfolio attributable to the Units of such Portfolios held by a Participant plus their other deposits held directly with the Bank, for purposes of the $250,000 FDIC insurance coverage limit. The percentage of the Principal Plus Portfolio that is invested in the Bank Deposit Account as of the end of each month will be posted on www.nextgenplan.com/performance
within ten business days of month-end. Deposits held in different ownership capacities, as provided in the FDIC rules, are insured separately. UGMA/UTMA Accounts are generally treated as assets of the Designated Beneficiary, and other types of trust Accounts may be treated as assets of the trustee, for purposes of the FDIC limit. Custodians of UGMA/UTMA Accounts and trustees of trust Accounts should consider how these assets will be treated for purposes of the FDIC limit. For more information, please visit www.fdic.gov. Capitalized terms used in this paragraph are defined in the NextGen College Investing Plan Program Description.