Tax Policy – Washington Opens Qualified ABLE Programs

On July 23, the State of Washington opened a new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program, bringing the total number of jurisdictions with ABLE programs to 40. The program is currently only open to Washington residents. It has three investments options and a cash option. Accounts have a $35 annual fee with an additional $10 fee for those who receive paper statements, and asset-based fees ranging from 0.30% to 0.38% for investment options. More information about state implementation of the ABLE Act can be found here.

Tax Policy – Delaware, New Jersey Open Qualified ABLE Programs

Last month, Delaware and New Jersey opened new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) programs. There are now a total of 39 jurisdictions with qualified ABLE programs. Both programs are open to all eligible individuals nationwide. Both have six investment options and a checking option with a debit card. Their minimum initial deposit is $25. The programs have a quarterly maintenance fee of $15 with a $3.75 discount for opting to receive statements via email, and monthly asset-based fees ranging from 0.34% to 0.38% depending on the investment option chosen. Delaware’s program has an additional $1.25 quarterly discount for state residents. More information about state implementation of the ABLE Act can be found here.

Tax Policy – Oklahoma Opens Qualified ABLE Program

Oklahoma recently opened a new ABLE program, bringing the total number of jurisdictions with ABLE programs to 37. The program is currently only open to Oklahoma residents. It has five investment options. Accounts have a $3.50 monthly maintenance fee and asset-based fees ranging from 0.19% to 0.33% for investment options. The minimum initial deposit is $50. More information about state implementation of the ABLE Act can be found here.

Tax Policy – Texas Opens Qualified ABLE Program

Texas recently opened a new ABLE program, bringing the total number of jurisdictions with ABLE programs to 36. The program is currently only open to Texas residents. It has four investment options. Accounts have a $4 monthly maintenance fee and asset-based fees ranging from 0.25% to 0.39% for investment options. The minimum initial deposit is $50, and the minimum amount for subsequent deposits is $25. More information about state implementation of the ABLE Act can be found here. General information about ABLE programs can be found in the National Policy Matters: ABLE Accounts for People with Disabilities here.

Tax – Arizona, Wyoming Open Qualified ABLE Programs

Arizona and Wyoming recently opened new ABLE programs, bringing the total number of jurisdictions with ABLE programs to 35. These programs are currently open only to state residents. They have five investment options. The accounts have a $3.50 monthly fee and asset-based fees ranging from 0.19% to 0.34% for investment options. The minimum initial deposit is $50. More information about state implementation of the ABLE Act can be found here. General information about ABLE programs can be found in the National Policy Matters: ABLE Accounts for People with Disabilities here.

Tax – Webinar on 2018 ABLE Act Changes

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) will host a free webinar on changes to the ABLE Act taking place in 2018, including an increased contribution limit, the ability to roll over funds from 529 College Savings Accounts, allowing additional contributions by employed beneficiaries, and access to the Saver’s Credit. Chris Rodriguez, Director, ANRC, will moderate the panel. Panelists include Michael Morris, Executive Director, National Disability Institute; Mary Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia 529/ABLEnow; Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor, Autism Speaks; David Bell, Managing Director, Oregon ABLE Savings Plan; and J.J. Hanley, Director, Illinois ABLE. The webinar will take place on Thursday, January 25 from 2:00-3:30 pm EST. Register for the webinar here.

Tax Policy – Senate Tax Bill Adds ABLE Provisions

The House and Senate tax bills include a provision that allows the rollover of funds from a Qualified Tuition Program into a Qualified ABLE Program. Additionally, the Senate tax bill includes a provision that increases the annual contribution limit for ABLE accounts for beneficiaries who work by the amount they earn, up to the federal poverty level. The Arc does not support passage of any ABLE Act changes until the age of onset is substantially increased. Learn more about The Arc’s position on ABLE Act improvement here.

Tax Policy – Colorado, Indiana, New York Open Qualified ABLE Programs

Recently, Colorado, Indiana, and New York opened qualified ABLE programs, bringing the total number of jurisdictions with ABLE programs to 29.

Colorado and Indiana’s ABLE programs are open to all eligible individuals nation-wide. They have six investment options and a checking option with a debit card. The accounts have a quarterly fee of $15, which is reduced by $3.75 for individuals who elected to receive their statements electronically. Additionally, they have asset-based fees ranging from 0.34% to 0.38% depending on the investment options chosen.

New York‘s ABLE Program is currently only open to state residents. It has four investment options and a checking account with a debit card. Accounts have a quarterly fee of $11.25 for account-holders who receive electronic statements and $13.75 for account-holders who receive paper statements. Additionally, there is a 0.4% asset-based fee on investment options.

More information about state implementation of the ABLE Act can be found here. General information about ABLE programs can be found in the National Policy Matters: ABLE Accounts for People with Disabilities here.

Tax – Vermont Opens ABLE Program

On February 27, Vermont became the 17th state to launch a qualified ABLE Program. This program is currently only open to Vermont residents. The plan has five investment options. There is a monthly fee of $5 and annual asset-based fees that range from 0.19% to 0.34% depending on the investment option. Additionally, there is a minimum initial deposit of $50. More information about state implementation the ABLE Act can be found here. General information about ABLE programs can be found in the National Policy Matters: ABLE Accounts for People with Disabilities here.

New ABLE Account Survey Offered

The ABLE National Resource Center has developed a survey to better understand how many individuals might be eligible for ABLE accounts and how a potential beneficiary may use an ABLE account to save for disability related expenses.  The results will be analyzed by the ABLE National Resource Center and distributed to its members and other relevant stakeholders.  The Arc encourages advocates to distribute the survey widely through social media, email, and newsletters.  It is hoped that all responses will be submitted by August 3rd, though distribution is still encouraged through the end of August. To participate in the survey, please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Chris Rodriguez at the National Disability Institute.