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UGMA/UTMA Custodial Accounts

These custodial accounts named for the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) and the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) let investors take advantage of the lower tax rate for children while saving for education.

All American Funds with the exception of American Funds College Target Date Series® are available for UGMA/UTMA account investments.


Who Would Benefit?

Clients who want a tax-advantaged investment
Anyone can contribute up to $14,000 per child each year free of gift tax consequences ($28,000 for married couples). This amount is indexed for inflation and may increase over time. Because contributions are made with after-tax dollars, a deduction cannot be made.

For children under age 19 and for full-time students under age 24 whose earned income is less than one-half of their support, the first $1,050 of earnings is tax-free. Earnings between $1,050 and $2,100 are taxed at the child’s rate; earnings above $2,100 are taxed at the parents’ rate.

Clients who aren’t confident the beneficiary will attend college
UGMA/UTMA accounts aren’t limited to education expenses. Withdrawals can be used for anything that benefits the beneficiary.

Clients who want the beneficiary to gain control of the account
Once the age of majority has been reached — 18 or 21 in most states — the beneficiary is entitled to the account.

Clients who expect to make large contributions
There are no contribution limits on UGMA/UTMA accounts.

Objective-focused — These “funds of funds” offer diversification and control in a single investment.

Customization — Build an education savings portfolio of your preferred American Funds, or select a single-fund option. Either way, you control the investment mix.


Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

This material is intended for use by financial professionals or in conjunction with the advice of a financial professional.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing.