Victoria J. Haneman: Dynasty 529 Plans and Structural Inequality (March 12, 2022)

Victoria J. Haneman, of Creighton University- School of Law, has made available for download her article, “Dynasty 529 Plans and Structural Inequality,” published in Washburn Law Journal, 2022. The abstract is as follows: 

The tax advantages available through 529 accounts, such as the potential for perpetual tax-free growth, have been maximized by the wealth defense industry that operates to the advantage of high income and wealth families in the United States. This essay is more a thought piece than a polemic, with the goal of starting a conversation on an important issue not often discussed: a 2018 change to the 529 structure slipped into the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has essentially turned 529 plans into a government-subsidized school voucher scheme for the wealthy. Through this change, the dynasty education trust has become an even more attractive umbrella under which multiple 529 accounts may be managed by an affluent family to pay not just for college but also all private school (K-12) on a tax-sheltered basis.

To see the full article, click: “Dynasty 529 Plans and Structural Inequality,” by Victoria J. Haneman

Posted by Melissa Zheng, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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