ABLE Accounts Benefit People with Disabilities and Their Families

An ABLE account allows an eligible person with a disability and his or her family to get tax advantages on savings for certain disability-related expenses, including qualified education costs. ABLE accounts were created by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014.EYDis6

Here are Five Things to Know About an ABLE Account:

  1. Contributions to the account come from after-tax dollars and are not deductible on a federal income tax return. Some states, however, allow state income tax deductions for contributions.
  2. All investment earnings on the account grow tax-free. They stay tax-free even when withdrawn, provided the money is taken out to pay qualified disability expenses.
  3. Qualified expenses include, among other things, medical treatment, education, job training, special-needs transportation and housing.
  4. Annual contributions to the account are generally limited to the federal gift tax annual exemption, currently $15,000.  The account beneficiary may be allowed to contribute an additional amount tied to the federal poverty level.
  5. Within guidelines, you can roll over assets from a 529 college savings plan to an ABLE account.

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