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Three weeks left to submit art for AZ529 Art Contest – no submissions from Graham County yet

Entries from Graham County for the Arizona State Treasurer's statewide art contest have not yet been received.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Arizona Department of Finance, in collaboration with the Arizona Education Savings Plan AZ529, is asking Arizona kindergarten through 6th grade students to imagine the education they need to realize their future careers and dreams. . Her third annual AZ529 Future Career Art Contest, starting today, asks students to draw, paint, and find creative ways to create artwork that represents their dream job.

A total of 15 winners will be selected across the state to receive $529 toward opening a new or existing AZ529 Education Savings Plan account. Winners will be chosen from every county in Arizona, with at least one winner representing a district school, charter school, private school, tribal school, or home school. Winners will be recognized by Finance Minister Kimberly Yee at a special ceremony at State House at the end of March.

In total, nearly $8,000 will be distributed to 15 students to help them start and save for their education plans and beyond high school. If an account does not already exist, Winner's parent or guardian is responsible for setting up an AZ529 account. All entries must be submitted starting January 29th online at her az529.gov/2024ArtContest or by direct mail. Entries must be received by March 3, 2024 at 11:59 PM MST.

“The AZ529 Future Career Art Contest gives Arizona students the opportunity to make their dreams come true,” said Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee. “When families start saving for education with the AZ529 Plan, they are prioritizing and investing in their children's futures. We are thrilled to be able to bring this art contest to students across the state for the first time in three years. I'm glad.”

The AZ529 Education Savings Plan provides a tax-free approach for high school graduates to set aside funds for college, community college, vocational training, trade school, and other educational avenues. Arizona residents can receive a state tax deduction for contributions made annually to an AZ529 account up to $2,000 per beneficiary or $4,000 per beneficiary, depending on filing status . Funds earned over time remain tax-free when used for a variety of qualified education expenses. Starting this year, 529 plan beneficiaries will be able to roll over unused funds into a Roth IRA without income taxes or tax penalties. Additionally, friends and family members can always add to your child's girlfriend's AZ529 plan and get similar tax benefits for themselves. For more information about AZ529, please visit: http://www.az529.gov. For contest details and rules, please visit: http://www.az529.gov/2024 Art Contest

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