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Dave Ramsey: Government unlikely to take away investments

I don’t believe they’re any more likely to come take investments away than they are to come take your home. The big question, I think, is this: Are they likely to take away some of the tax benefits?
Dave Ramsey, Deseret News Modified: August 25, 2014 at 1:58 am •  Published: August 26, 2014
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Dear Dave,

I have a 5-year-old daughter, and I want to start a 529 for her. However, I’m concerned that the government might seize the 529 assets in order to pay off debt and give people treasury bonds instead. Do you think this might happen?

— Barry

Dear Barry,

I think there’s less than a 1 percent chance they’d seize the actual assets. Really, I don’t believe they’re any more likely to come take investments away than they are to come take your home. I mean, we’re really talking about private property here. If you have $100,000 in a retirement fund, and they say they’re going to take that away from you, it’s like taking a person’s home. I just don’t see that happening.

The big question, I think, is this: Are they likely to take away some of the tax benefits — like the 529 plan’s ability to grow tax-free? As in, they just come in and say they’re making it all taxable to pay the bills they’ve accumulated up in Washington, D.C., from all their stupid behavior. That kind of thing actually could happen.

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