Benefits & Tax Advantages

Make the Mississippi Affordable College Savings Program a part of your savings strategy.

Many families hope to see their child or loved one graduate from college someday, but it takes more than hope to get there. The Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) Program is a 529 plan that can help your family get there.

Investing in education is a smart move and the tax advantages built into the MACS Program can make it an important part of your overall college funding strategy:

Tax Advantages

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Contributions and Any Earnings Used to Pay for Qualified Higher Education Expenses are Federal and Mississippi Income Tax-free.
The earnings portion of any distributions used to pay for qualified higher education expenses will be free from federal and Mississippi income tax.

You May Be Eligible for a Mississippi Income Tax Deduction
You may be eligible for a Mississippi income tax deduction. The amount contributed by a Mississippi taxpayer to MACS Program accounts during a tax year is deductible from Mississippi adjusted gross income in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for a single return or $20,000 for a joint return for that tax year.

The earnings portion of a non-qualified withdrawal will be taxable to a resident recipient of the withdrawal. The contribution portion of a non-qualified withdrawal that was previously deducted for Mississippi income tax purposes will be included in the resident recipient's Mississippi gross income.

Federal Estate and Gift Tax Benefits
Contributions to the MACS Program may reduce the taxable value of your estate. For example, contributions to the Plan, together with all other gifts from the account owner to the beneficiary, may qualify for an annual federal gift tax exclusion of $14,000 per donor ($28,000 for married contributors), per beneficiary. If an account owner's contribution to a the MACS Program account for a beneficiary in a single year exceeds $14,000 ($28,000 for married contributors), the account owner may elect to treat up to $70,000 of the contributions, or $140,000 for joint filers, as having been made over a period of up to five years for federal gift tax exclusion. Consult your tax adviser.

Flexible Features

Anyone May Open an Account
Parents, grandparents, relatives and friends who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens and at least 18 years of age may open an account and contribute to the MACS Program on behalf of a beneficiary. Mississippi state residency is not required. However, investors residing outside of Mississippi should consider their own state's plan first as it may have tax advantages that are only available through that state's plan.

Funds Can be Used at Eligible Schools Nationwide
Whether your beneficiary decides to go to a private or public college or university, in-state or out-of-state, trade or graduate school, funds in the account may be used at any eligible higher educational institution in the nation and many abroad.

Funds Can be Used for a Variety of Qualified Expenses
Funds can be used for tuition, mandatory fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance; certain room and board costs, as well as certain expenses for "special needs" students.

Choice of Investment Options

Choice of Investments
The MACS Program offers a choice of seven Investment Options so you can choose an option or a combination of options that best suit your needs.

Low Minimum Contribution
It's easy to open an account with the MACS Program. You have many ways to contribute and convenient ways to enroll. The minimum initial contribution is $25 per investment option. The minimum subsequent contribution to an account is $25 per investment option. However, if your employer allows payroll deduction, the minimum subsequent contribution to your account may be as low as $15 per investment option per pay period.

No Income Limitations
There are no income limitations.

High Maximum Account Contribution Level of $235,000
You can contribute as much as $235,000 per beneficiary account as long as the total balance of all accounts for that beneficiary does not exceed $235,000. Accounts that have reached the maximum account balance limit may continue to accrue earnings.

Ability to Transfer to Another Beneficiary
If your beneficiary does not attend an eligible educational institution, you may name another eligible beneficiary for your Account. The new beneficiary must be a member of the previous beneficiary's family, as described in the Disclosure Booklet (PDF), in order to avoid having this change treated as a non-qualified withdrawal.

Low Plan Fees

With the MACS Program there are no sales charges, start-up or maintenance fees. An annual asset-based management fee will be paid to TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. to cover the cost of investment management and administrative services. The estimated underlying fund expenses range from 0.14% to 0.23%. Please note that the State of Mississippi reserves the right to change the current fee and impose new or additional fees, expenses, charges or penalties in the future. For details on the management fee, please see fees and expenses.

Managed By A Leading Financial Services Provider

The State of Mississippi selected TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. to serve as plan manager for the MACS Program. TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., is an affiliate of TIAA, a financial services organization with nearly 100 years of investment experience. Visit TIAA.

Easy Access to Your Account

You'll have online access to your account information 24 hours a day, or you can call and speak to one of our college-savings experts toll-free at 1-800-486-3670, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Central Time. You'll receive quarterly and annual statements that show account activity. A separate confirmation statement will also be mailed following each transaction in your account.

You can also perform the following account transactions online: request a withdrawal from your account; rebalance funds among investment options, request e-Statement versus paper delivery, request e-Disclosure of Plan Disclosure Booklet and Participation Agreement and the Privacy Policy versus paper delivery, establish or change automatic contributions and view pending account contributions.

Funds Can be Used at Eligible Institutions Nationwide

Whether your beneficiary decides to go to a private or public college or university, in-state or out-of-state, trade or graduate school, funds in the account may be used at any eligible higher educational institution in the nation and many abroad.

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