An Achieving a Better Life Experience account (ABLE account) is a tax-advantaged savings account for qualified individuals with disabilities (often referred to as “accountholders” or “designated beneficiaries”) (Pub. L. No. 113–295 2014). ABLE accounts allow beneficiaries to save funds without losing their eligibility for state and federal government benefits programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI). ABLE account funds can be used for a broad range of health, wellness, and living expenses to support the beneficiary. ABLE accounts are sometimes referred to as “529A accounts” or “529A Savings Plans” because the ABLE Act amends Section 529 of the US Internal Revenue Code.
History of ABLE Accounts
The Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The US Congress has since amended the original ABLE Act by passing other...
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Kelly, A.M., Marsack-Topolewski, C.N. (2020). Achieving a Better Life Experience Savings Account (ABLE Savings Account, ABLE Account, 529A Savings Plan, and 529A Account). In: Volkmar, F.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102513-1
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