Your benefits are here to stay
When you open an account, you won’t lose your state or federal benefits.
An ABLE account is meant to help supplement your current benefits with a way to save for eligible expenses. If you’re receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), you can have up to $100,000 in the account without it counting towards the $2,000 asset limit. If you choose to go over the $100,000 limit, your SSI benefits will be suspended, but you’ll still be eligible for all other benefits (such as Medicaid). Once your balance drops below the limit, your SSI benefits will resume as normal.
Get more of the things you need
The money in the account can be used for a lot of everyday expenses, even housing and rent. Most costs related to living with a disability qualify as an eligible expense. The eligible expenses are geared towards improving health, independence and quality of life.
Employment, training and support
Personal support services
Health, prevention and wellness
Oversight and monitoring
Funeral and burial costs
Keep track of your expenses
We don’t need to see your receipts but the IRS might. You should keep documentation of your purchases in case the IRS asks for it, and you have to provide proof of how you spent the money from your account.
What if I buy something that doesn’t qualify?
You’ll have to pay tax on the growth, plus a 10% penalty on earnings for non-eligible expenses. Also, keep in mind that any non-qualified withdrawals are considered income for that month and could count against your eligibility for SSI benefits or Medicaid.
Save and invest tax free
Both the earnings from your ABLE account and the money withdrawn for eligible expenses are tax free. Any money added to the account could qualify for a state income tax deduction if the beneficiary is under 21 years old, which means you’ll have even more saved for the future.