ABLE Act Update

NDSC continues to be active in the effort to implement and expand the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014, which enables people with Down syndrome and other disabilities to open tax-exempt accounts to save for their future without jeopardizing their much-needed public benefits. To date, there are forty-two ABLE programs around the country (41 states plus the District of Columbia). Many of these programs are open to qualified individuals nationwide and offer […]

ABLE Act Update

NDSC, along with many other disability rights groups, civil rights groups and financial stakeholders, supports passage of the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 817/HR 1874) . The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would amend Section 529A(e) of the Internal Revenue Code to increase the eligibility threshold for ABLE accounts for onset of disability from before age 26 to before age 46. This increase would result in millions of additional individuals with disabilities becoming eligible to open an ABLE […]

New USDA Regulation Confirms ABLE Funds Protection

On January 6th the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), a federal agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), published a final rule regarding various aspects related to, among other things, eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. As many know, SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families (including those with disabilities) and provides economic benefits to communities.  Additionally, SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger […]

ABLE National Resource Center Publishes Report Chronicling Accomplishments

As we embark on the 2nd anniversary of the signing on the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) would like to take a moment to reflect on the tremendous amount of work that has been dedicated to the implementation of this transformative law and of the contributions made by the Center and its supporters. With the aim of providing individuals with disabilities, their families and […]

New IRS Guidance to Simplify ABLE Program Administration

IR-2015-130, Nov. 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced three changes to the proposed rules for new tax-favored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts for eligible disabled individuals that will be included in the final regulations when issued. These changes will make it easier for states to offer and administer ABLE programs. States, program administrators and other interested commenters identified the three areas for change this summer during a 90-day comment […]