ABLE Accounts: Valuable Benefit for Taxpayers with Disabilities
Living with a disability can come with additional expenses. Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts (ABLE accounts) are authorized tax-advantaged 529A accounts that help disabled people pay qualified disability-related expenses.
What is an ABLE Account?
Here are some key things people should know about these accounts.
Annual Contribution Limit
- The limit remains $15,000 in 2021.
- Certain employed ABLE account beneficiaries may make an additional contribution up to the lesser of these amounts:
- The designated beneficiary’s compensation for the tax year
- The poverty line for a one-person household. For 2021, this amount is $12,760 in the continental U.S., $15,950 in Alaska and $14,680 in Hawaii.
- ABLE account designated beneficiaries may now be eligible to claim the saver’s credit for a percentage of their contributions.
- The beneficiary claims the credit on Form 8880, Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions. The saver’s credit is a non-refundable credit available to individuals who meet these three requirements:
- Are at least 18 years old at the close of the taxable year
- Are not a dependent or a full-time student
- Meet the income requirements
Rollovers and Transfers from Section 529 ABLE Account Plans
- Families may now roll over funds from a 529 ABLE account plan to another family member’s ABLE account.
- The ABLE account must be for the same beneficiary as the 529 account or for a member of the same family as the 529 account holder. Rollovers from a section 529 plan count toward the annual contribution limit. For example, the $15,000 annual contribution limit would be met by parents contributing $10,000 to their child’s ABLE account and rolling over $5,000 from a 529 plan to the same ABLE account.
Qualified Disability Expenses
- States can offer ABLE accounts to help people who become disabled before age 26 or their families pay for disability-related expenses. These expenses include housing, education, transportation, health, prevention and wellness, employment training and support, assistive technology and personal support services.
- Though contributions are not deductible for federal tax purposes, distributions, including earnings, are tax-free to the beneficiary, as long as they are used to pay qualified disability expenses.
For more information on ABLE Accounts, please contact Wayne M. Pecht, Esq. at 717-761-4540 or [email protected]
Author: Wayne M. Pecht, Esq.
Part of the Johnson Duffie Estate and Trust Planning Team