Sometimes the government gets things right.

Recently, federal legislation has created a new investment vehicle called ‘ABLE Accounts’ (Achieving a Better Life Experience) to help families save for future expenses related the needs of a loved one with a long-term disability. For the first time, eligible individuals will be allowed to establish savings accounts that do not affect the beneficiary’s eligibility for SSI, Medicaid and other public benefits. ABLE accounts help families to plan for, save and fund disability-related expenses on behalf of their loved ones with disabilities in order to supplement private insurance, Medicaid, and SSI.

ABLE accounts will allow people with disabilities to save up to $100,000 without losing government benefits. The beneficiary of an ABLE account must meet the definitions of disability or blindness under the Social Security Disability Insurance program and the disability must have occurred before the age of 26. The first $100,000 deposited in ABLE accounts will be exempted from the SSI $2,000 individual resource limit. If the account balance exceeds $100,000, the beneficiary’s SSI benefits will be suspended but not terminated. Tennessee’s plan currently allows for maximum contributions of $350,000.

Contributions to ABLE accounts, like Section 529 Plans, must be made using after-tax funds, but will enjoy the benefits of tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals for qualified disability expenses. Qualified disability expenses include education, housing, transportation, job training, assistive technology, health and preventative care, wellness programs, legal fees, and other expenses which help improve health, independence, and/or quality of life.

While federal legislation has been approved to provide a template for state regulated ABLE Accounts, some states have been slow to adopt their own plans. Fortunately for many of our clients, Tennessee has already begun inviting eligible individuals nationwide to open an ABLE Account regardless of their state of residence. This may be an extremely effective tool to help families to plan for the long term needs of their loved ones. Anyone can contribute to an individual’s ABLE TN Account. Account owners, family and friends may contribute a total of $14,000 each year. No sales or distribution charges or fixed account maintenance fees associated with ABLE TN accounts. Visit www.abletn.gov or contact your financial professional to learn more.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Indexes are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. Index returns do not reflect fees, expenses, or sales charges. Index performance is not indicative of the performance of any investments. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by Franklin Wealth Management), or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this blog will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this blog serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from Franklin Wealth Management. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. Franklin Wealth Management is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the blog content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of Franklin Wealth Management’s current written disclosure statement discussing our advisory services and fees is available for review upon request.

Franklin Wealth Management

Check the background of your financial professional on FINRA's BrokerCheck.

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

We take protecting your data and privacy very seriously. As of January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) suggests the following link as an extra measure to safeguard your data: Do not sell my personal information.

Franklin Wealth Management employs several professionals with varied degrees and credentials, including that of Certified Financial Planner. As such, we are qualified to discuss and advise on tax and estate planning matters related to reducing taxes and creating an estate plan and implementation. Advisory services are offered through Franklin Wealth Advisory, LLC.

TO VIEW THE CRS FORM, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Contact

Franklin Wealth Management, LLC

Office: (423) 870-2140
Fax: (423) 870-2164

4700 Hixson Pike
Hixson, TN 37343

info@franklinwm.com

Franklin Wealth Management, LLC. © 2022 All rights reserved.