Reader Alison shares a unique savings account program for residents of Ohio. The SaveNOW program is a higher interest savings account supported by the state in order to encourage savings. The maximum balance on this account is $5,000 and pays 3.25% APY. The fine print regarding deposit limits is a bit confusing. It says:
Limits single deposits to $500 at a time with the exception of lump sum payments such as; a tax return, insurance settlement or inheritance payment
If I read this to mean that each resident to deposit a maximum of $500, every other year, then it would take nearly 20 years to reach the maximum? Otherwise, you might overpay taxes to max out the benefit. In any case, this is not going to make anyone rich, but can be a nice incentive given the program’s goals. A couple could deposit $1,000 every other year up to $10,000 combined.
Does anyone know of similar programs for other states?