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Important News

New tax legislation includes changes to Section 529 college savings plans

January 2018

The tax plan signed into law on December 22, 2017 includes provisions related to 529 college savings plans. Provisions of the tax law include the expansion of qualified education expenses in Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code to include expenses for tuition for K-12 up to $10,000 per year per student. The tax treatment of such withdrawals will be determined by the taxpayer’s state of residence. The tax law also allows for 529 plan accounts balances to be rolled over to ABLE accounts without penalty under specified circumstances. We encourage you to consult a qualified tax advisor about your personal situation.

Details associated with this new legislation are currently being reviewed, and we will share more specific information as soon as it becomes available. Please check back periodically for updates.

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Funding a Variety of Costs

Learn more about the types of costs 529 plans can help fund.

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Bright Babies

Open an account before your child’s first birthday to receive $100 toward college savings through SMART529's Bright Babies program.

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College Savings Calculator

Use this savings planner to get a sense if there might be a shortfall in funding your child’s four-year college experience.

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What You Need to Know About Plan Beneficiaries

529 beneficiary decisions are not set in stone—but there are limitations when it comes to selecting a replacement.

Please be aware that important changes to The Hartford SMART529 Plan became effective September 15th.  Click here to learn more

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SMART529 is offered by the West Virginia Prepaid Tuition and College Savings Program Board of Trustees and is administered by Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC (“HFMC”).

Investments in SMART529 are not guaranteed or insured by the State of West Virginia, the Board of Trustees of the West Virginia College Prepaid Tuition and Savings Program, the West Virginia State Treasurer's Office, HFMC, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., the investment sub-advisors for the Underlying Funds or any depository institution and are subject to investment risks, including the loss of the principal amount invested, and may not be appropriate for all investors.

The Hartford SMART529 is available to all investors. West Virginia (WV) provides certain tax advantages to WV taxpayers that invest in The Hartford SMART 529. Before investing, an investor should consider whether the investor’s or designated beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in such state’s 529 plan.

This information is written in connection with the promotion or marketing of the matter(s) addressed in this material. The information cannot be used or relied upon for the purpose of avoiding IRS penalties. These materials are not intended to provide tax, accounting or legal advice. As with all matters of a tax or legal nature, your clients should consult their own tax or legal counsel for advice.

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks and charges and expenses of SMART529 and its Underlying Funds before investing. This and other information can be found in the Offering Statement for SMART529 and the prospectuses or other disclosure documents for the Underlying Funds. Please read them carefully before investing or sending money. SMART529 college savings plans are distributed by Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC. Member SIPC

"The Hartford" is a registered trademark of Hartford Fire Insurance Company.

"SMART529" is a registered trademark of West Virginia Prepaid Tuition and College Savings Program Board of Trustees.

"The Hartford" is The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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