Albuquerque, NM asked in Tax Law for New Mexico

Q: Can I use funds from a Coverdell Education Savings Account to pay for transportation costs for a special needs student?

My son is enrolled in the school district's post high school special needs transition program. This program requires transporting him to different job sites throughout the week. The school district does not provide transportation to the program sites. Transportation is provide by the city special needs van service ($2 a ride) or parents if the van cannot be scheduled. He is unable to drive himself and cannot ride a regular city bus. Can we use funds from his Coverdell Education Savings Account to pay for transportation costs for a special needs student?

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A: Yes, transportation expenses for the beneficiary that are required as part of the educational program are considered qualified expenses. Make sure you retain receipts and the information regarding the necessity of the transportation in case of audit.

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