Are you looking for a way to save for your child or grandchild's higher education expenses in a tax-friendly manner? A Coverdell Education Savings Account (CESA) is a great option for this purpose. But can you use an existing CESA to fund a precious metal IRA? The answer is yes, but there are some restrictions. Contributions must be made in cash, and the beneficiary of the CESA can only use tax-free distributions to pay for qualified educational expenses. If the distribution exceeds the beneficiary's qualified education expenses or is used for unqualified expenses, a portion of the earnings in the account becomes taxable.
It's also important to note that a 529 plan generally gets a tax deduction for making contributions to the plan, but it has restrictions on the types of investments you can make with the funds. So if you're looking to invest in precious metals, a CESA may be a better option. Finally, it's worth mentioning that you can have both a 529 and a CESA. So if you're looking for more flexibility when it comes to saving for higher education expenses, this could be an option worth considering.