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  166.435.  State tax exemption. — 1.  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the assets of the savings program held by the board, the assets of any deposit program authorized in section 166.500, and the assets of any qualified tuition savings program established pursuant to Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code and any income therefrom shall be exempt from all taxation by the state or any of its political subdivisions.  Income earned or received from the savings program, deposit, or other qualified tuition savings programs established under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, or refunds of qualified education expenses received by a beneficiary from an eligible educational institution in connection with withdrawal from enrollment at such institution which are contributed within sixty days of withdrawal to a qualified tuition savings program of which such individual is a beneficiary shall not be subject to state income tax imposed pursuant to chapter 143 and shall be eligible for any benefits provided in accordance with Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.  The exemption from taxation pursuant to this section shall apply only to assets and income maintained, accrued, or expended pursuant to the requirements of the savings program established pursuant to sections 166.400 to 166.455, the deposit program established pursuant to sections 166.500 to 166.529, and other qualified tuition savings programs established under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, and no exemption shall apply to assets and income expended for any other purposes.  Annual contributions made to the savings program held by the board, the deposit program, and any qualified tuition savings program established under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code up to and including eight thousand dollars per participating taxpayer, and up to sixteen thousand dollars for married individuals filing a joint tax return, shall be subtracted in determining Missouri adjusted gross income pursuant to section 143.121.

  2.  If any deductible contributions to or earnings from any such program referred to in this section are distributed and not used to pay qualified education expenses, not transferred as allowed by 26 U.S.C. Section 529(c)(3)(C)(i), as amended, and any Internal Revenue Service regulations or guidance issued in relation thereto, or are not held for the minimum length of time established by the appropriate Missouri board, then the amount so distributed shall be included in the Missouri adjusted gross income of the participant, or, if the participant is not living, the beneficiary.

  3.  The provisions of this section shall apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2008, and the provisions of this section with regard to sections 166.500 to 166.529 shall apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2004.

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(L. 1998 H.B. 1694, A.L. 1999 S.B. 460, A.L. 2004 H.B. 959, A.L. 2008 S.B. 863, A.L. 2015 S.B. 366 §§ 166.435 and B, A.L. 2018 H.B. 1744 merged with S.B. 882)


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