What Can You Do With Your Illinois ABLE Account?

Invest in your future and save up to $100,000 without losing your SSI monthly benefits.  With Illinois ABLE, you can save and invest your own money.  You can pay for the expenses that are part of living with a disability.  That includes things like taking lessons to learn a new skill. If you work, you can save money from your job without worrying about the $2000 asset limit.  Most importantly, with Illinois ABLE you can gain some control and independence for your life!  For more information, or to enroll, visit IllinoisABLE.com.

It’s Tax Season – 3 Things ABLE Account Owners Need to Know!

  1. If you are an ABLE account owner, you do not pay federal or state taxes on the earnings on your IL ABLE account if your withdrawals are for your disability-related expenses.
  2. If you owned an ABLE Account in 2017, you should have received tax form 5498 (shows contributions) and tax form 1099QA (shows distributions). For questions about these forms, contact your tax advisor.
  3. The Treasurer’s office has proposed legislation to the Illinois General Assembly to allow a state income tax deduction for contributions to ABLE accounts.  Many disability advocacy groups support this effort.  If you want to offer your support, contact your local legislator.

Do You Qualify for ABLE? Tips to Get the Most Out of “A Better Life Experience” Accounts

If the symptoms of your disability were present before age 26 and your disability meets the definition of used by the Social Security Administration, you qualify to open an ABLE Account.  If your disability was diagnosed after 26 but you have a written certification from a physician that it was present before age 26, you qualify to open an ABLE account.