Should You Stop Funding Your 529 College Savings Plan for Tax Savings?

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | March 31, 2023

You are about to read a strategy that may reduce your adjusted gross income and save you thousands in taxes. I strongly urge you to read the entire blog and think long and hard about how you can work it into your 529 plan savings strategy. I’m a big believer that when there is a…

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Best College Savings Plan

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | April 4, 2022

There are several options for college savings plans. The best plans offer flexibility in saving, tax-free growth, and a wide range of investment options. In my opinion, the 529 college savings plans and the Coverdell Education Savings accounts are among the top plans. However, the Coverdell ESA usually offers more investment options than the 529…

529 College Savings Plan: Target Date Funds

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | December 15, 2020

529 College Savings Plan Gifting

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | December 7, 2020

I was setting up my youngest daughters 529 College Savings Plan the other day and saw a gifting link on the 529 plan website.  I’m always being asked how much to set aside for college and what are the best plans and strategies.  But most of those strategies are funded by you and thought maybe…

529 College Savings Plan Cost Calculator

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | November 30, 2020

Here is the link to the 529 Plan cost calculator.  The link originated on the Utah 529 Plan but they are not the designer or responsible for the data.  It is accurate but I wanted to point that out because I did mention it in the video.

How to hire your child [Tax Deduction]

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | August 11, 2020

IRS Family Help page   The SBA website, “5 reasons to hire your child.”   FLSA Child labor Rules   Rules for working under 14   Child labor exemptions from The US Department of Labor   How and where to apply for your businesses EIN on the IRS website.   The 17 Hazardous Occupations by…

6 Money Mistakes to avoid for New Parents

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | August 16, 2016

As a new parent and having a baby, you are focused on one thing and one thing only — the baby’s health. You have the right thinking. You want to be a good parent. You know it’s a huge responsibility, and you made sure that your home was a welcoming environment. Okay, maybe you’re still…

Tips for Paying Off Student Debt

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | May 22, 2014

Congratulations Class of 2014! What an accomplishment. And also a second congratulations needs to go out as you are the highest indebted class in history. According to an analysis of government data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher at Edvisors, this year’s graduate has an average student-loan debt of $33,000. Factor in inflation adjustments and that’s almost…

Planning for College

By Travis Sickle, CFP®, EA® | May 22, 2012

A financial advisor is the quarterback of your professional team when it comes to saving for your child’s education. Sending a child off to college can be one of the happiest and satisfying days in a parent’s life. The joy of planning for college can also be met by stress if the family is not…