The ABLE Act amends Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and your disability began before you turned 26, you can open an ABLE account. These tax-advantaged savings accounts can be used to cover qualified disability expenses such as, but not limited to, education, housing and transportation.
An ABLE account allows someone to save money without losing benefits. Many benefits programs have resource limits, but you can have up to $100,000 in your ABLE account and keep getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, as long as you meet all other SSI rules. If you go over $100,000, SSI benefits will stop, but they will start up again if your ABLE account drops back below $100,000 and you won’t have to reapply. For Medi-Cal and CalFresh, the money in your account will not affect your benefits, no matter how much you have.
You can only open an account through a state-designated program or institution. California does not have an ABLE account program yet, however, you can an account in another state’s ABLE program.
You can only open one ABLE account. (You cannot open accounts in more than one state.)
You can be more than 26 years old when you open your account – all that matters is when your disability began. You can only have an account if you have a disability. However, another person, such as a parent or guardian, can help manage the account.
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