I have decided to proceed with the plan I outlined on using a UTMA to fund our daughter's allowance. The benefit is that all the earnings in the UTMA account will be tax exempt (up to $850) and my interpretation is that an allowance is an appropriate use of the funds that enable the account to maintain tax exempt status. In looking for a new account, I recall that TD Ameritrade had previously offered a free IPod promotion for new account (not new person) openings. It turns out TD Ameritrade is again offering the same promotion, with a $10,000 deposit for 9 months. The offer expires on February 28, 2007.
This is a terrific win/win/win. First, our daughter's allowance will be funded until she is 18. Second, we will get an IPod Nano, which my spouse would like to use. Third, I will be sheltering about $500 of income from taxes.
Here is the link to the TD Ameritrade IPod Nano Offer. Also, if you already have a hard copy application, the Promo code is 931, which can be written in any open space at the top of the application. Call TD Ameritrade at 1-800-934-4448 to confirm. I am passing this information along as a service to our Personal Finance community. Disclosure: I am not receiving any compensation for this post nor any referral fee for the link or Promo code.
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