The Best Way to Save for College: A Complete Guide to 529 Plans 2011-12 Kindle Edition
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If you live in NY, the NY/Vanguard 529 plan is currently a no-brainer. There are no perks, and a tax risk, if you are out of state, but we signed up my grandsons for the NY plan anyhow. It's simple and very low cost. If you won't accept that tax risk, check out California/TIAA-CREF. These are currently #2 and #7 on the current list of 50-odd direct-sold plans. The others in the top ten may not be available to non-residents, or have other issues.
The book is clearly written and explains financial and tax details of 529 plans at a level most readers will easily understand. You should buy the latest edition (2007) as it contains the most updated information. For instance it mentions about the pension bill that extended the tax-free account withdrawals for 529s beyond 2010.
I was also very happy about the detailed chapter on tax benefits. It mentions several unique features of some plans, for instance the fact that if you are a resident of the state of Pennsylvania, you can now deduct contributions (up to $12,000) to any 529 plan from your state income tax.
About a third of the book has an overview of 529 plans offered by each state, while useful, this information is also available in the companion [...], which also happens to be an excellent resource. In my wish list for this book I would include access to the premium content on the companion website.