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Gifting with Future Scholar

Wondering what to give a loved one for a birthday, holiday or special occasion?

A contribution to a child’s college savings plan is a gift that they’ll never outgrow and one that may benefit them for a lifetime. Contributing to a college education helps create a lifetime of opportunities for someone you care about. And a gift for them can mean tax benefits for you.

  • South Carolina state income tax deduction of 100% of your contributions.1
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  • You can contribute up to $70,000 ($140,000 for married couples) in a single five-year period without incurring gift taxes, as long as there are no further gifts made to the child in the same five-year period.2 Contributions of up to $14,000 per year ($28,000 for married couples) can be made without incurring federal gift taxes.

Give a gift today

Download and print a Gift Card/Contribution Form pdf

Wondering how to ask for a gift contribution?

As an investor in Future Scholar, you’ve already taken an important step toward reaching your college savings goal and now eGift, a new gifting option, can help keep the momentum. eGift is an online way to invite family and friends, near and far, to celebrate any occasion or milestone in your beneficiary’s life. eGift is an easy, secure way to ask for contributions.

Learn more about using eGift

1 Up to the account balance limit of $400,000, or any lower limit under applicable law.

2 Contributions between $14,000 and $70,000 made in one year can be prorated over a five-year period without incurring gift taxes or reducing your federal unified estate and gift tax credit. If you contribute less than the $70,000 maximum, additional contributions can be made without incurring federal gift taxes, up to a prorated level of $14,000 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 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 taxable estate. Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc. or its affiliates does not provide tax advice. Please consult your tax and/or legal advisor for such guidance.

Please remember there’s always the potential of losing money when investing in securities.

Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing in the Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan. Contact your financial advisor or visit futurescholar.com for a Program Description pdf, which contains this and other important information. Read it carefully before investing. You should also consider, before investing, whether the investor's or designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's qualified tuition program. Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc., distributor and underwriter.

Tax treatment varies by state. The tax information set forth on this website is general in nature and does not constitute tax advice on the part of Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc., its affiliates or the South Carolina Office of State Treasurer. Please contact your tax advisor before making any tax related decisions.

The Direct Plan is sold directly by the Program and is limited to a specific group of investors, as described in the Program Description pdf. You may also participate in the Advisor Plan, which is sold exclusively through financial advisors. The Advisor Plan offers additional investment choices, but the fees and expenses are higher. Please contact your financial advisor for additional information on the Advisor Plan.

The Office of State Treasurer of South Carolina (the State Treasurer) administers the Program and has selected Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC and Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc. (Columbia Management) as Program Manager. Columbia Management and its affiliates are responsible for providing certain administrative, recordkeeping and investment services, and for the marketing of the Program. Columbia Management is not affiliated with the State Treasurer.


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