You work hard to put extra money aside for your child’s college education, so it’s great when a little extra money finds you. To make the most of your tax refund:

- If you are filing online or by paper, it’s easy to have your tax return deposited into your IDeal account just like you would into a traditional bank account. Simply include IDeal as the refund direct deposit destination when prompted by the online service,  or on line 56 of Form 40, or on line 76 of Form 43:

  • IDeal Routing Number: ABA Number 011001234 (Mellon Bank)
  • IDeal Account Number: 541 + 11-digit account number

- IDeal can help you potentially increase your refund. Deduct your IDeal 529 contributions on Form 39, Line 14 of your tax returns.

  • Idaho taxpayers can qualify for up to a $12,000 state tax deduction (up to $6,000 for individuals), when they contribute to any IDeal 529 account.1

Use your tax refund to open or add to an IDeal 529 account.


Every contribution, including your tax refund, can potentially grow tax-deferred.

So contribute to an IDeal 529 account as early as possible, when it has more time to grow year after year – without the impact of state and federal taxes.

Then, at college time, make tax-free withdrawals to pay for qualified expenses, like tuition, room and board, books, computers, and more.2



2Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals are subject to federal income tax and may be subject to a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

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Mr. Thiros is a registered representative of Ascensus Broker Dealer Services LLC, 877-529-2980, 95 Wells Ave, Newton MA (member FINRA/SIPC) and is not employed by the State of Idaho.

For more information about IDeal - Idaho College Savings Program ("IDeal"), call 866-433-2533  click here to obtain a Disclosure Statement. The Disclosure Statement discusses investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information. Because investing in IDeal is an important decision for you and your family, you should read and consider the Disclosure Statement carefully before investing.

Please Note: Before you invest, consider whether your or the 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 that state’s qualified tuition program. You should also consult your financial, tax, or other advisor to learn more about how state-based benefits (or any limitations) would apply to your specific circumstances. You also may wish to contact directly your home state’s 529 college savings plan(s), or any other 529 plan, to learn more about those plans’ features, benefits, and limitations. Keep in mind that state-based benefits should be one of many appropriately weighted factors to be considered when making an investment decision.

IDeal is administered by the State College Savings Program Board ("Board"). ABD, the program manager, and its affiliates, have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations, including investment advisory, recordkeeping and administrative services, and marketing. The Vanguard Group, Inc. ("Vanguard") serves as Investment Manager for IDeal. Sallie Mae Bank serves as the Savings Portfolio Manager for IDeal. IDeal's Portfolios invest in either: (i) mutual funds and a separate account offered or managed by Vanguard; or (ii) an FDIC-insured omnibus savings account held in trust by the Board at Sallie Mae Bank. Except for the Savings Portfolio, investments in IDeal are not insured by the FDIC. Units of the Portfolios are municipal securities and the value of units will vary with market conditions.

Investment returns will vary depending upon the performance of the Portfolios you choose. Except to the extent of FDIC insurance available for the Savings Portfolio, you could lose all or a portion of your money by investing in IDeal, depending on market conditions. Account Owners assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences.

Not FDIC-Insured (except for the Savings Portfolio). No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee. May lose value.