Maryland 529 College Savings Plan formerly College Savings Plans of Maryland
About: Maryland 529, formerly College Savings Plans of Maryland provides flexible and affordable 529 plans to help Maryland families save for future college expenses and reduce dependence on student loans later. Maryland 529 is an independent, non-profit State agency that offers two college saving plans to fit your family’s needs.
Phone #: 1-888-463-4723
Investment Options: T. Rowe Price manages the College Savings Plans of Maryland — College Investment Plan and utilizes its mutual funds in age-based and static portfolio options. Select among 2 multi-fund portfolios (Equity Portfolio and Balanced Portfolio) and 4 individual-fund portfolios (U.S. Treasury Money Market Portfolio, Inflation Focused Bond Portfolio, Bond and Income Portfolio, and Global Equity Market Index Portfolio).
Tax Benefits: Contributions to the Maryland College Investment Plan of up to $2,500 per beneficiary per year by an individual, and up to $5,000 per beneficiary per year by married taxpayers who each make contributions to their own accounts, are deductible in computing Maryland taxable income, with a 10-year carryforward of excess contributions. Only contributions made by the account owner are deductible. Rollover contributions are deductible if not previously deducted. Contribution deadline is December 31 postmark.
State Residency Requirements: No state residency is required to participate in Maryland 529 College Savings Plans.
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