529 PLANS

ABLE United

Florida

ABLE Accounts encourage individuals with a disability and their families to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life. In July 2015, the State of Florida created Florida ABLE, Inc. (d/b/a ABLE United) a registered not-for-profit and direct support organization of the Florida Prepaid College Board to administer the ABLE United Program.

General

Program type:

ABLE Savings plan

How to enroll:

Enroll directly with the program.

Initial year of operation:

2016

State agency(ies):

Florida Prepaid College Board

Program manager:

ABLE United

Investment Manager

BlackRock, Florida PRIME, The Vanguard Group, Inc., The Northern Trust Company.

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

State residency is only a requirement of the beneficiary at time of application.

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

An account may be opened by a Florida resident with a qualifying disability or an authorized administrator acting on his/her behalf.

Program restrictions:

To be eligible for an ABLE savings plan, an individual must have been diagnosed with a disability before age 26, and be eligible to receive benefits under Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Individuals who are not receiving SSI and/or SSDI may still be eligible if they meet the age requirement and have been diagnosed by a licensed physician and received a letter of certification.

Contributions

Maximum contributions:

The annual contribution limit is equal to the annual gift tax exclusion amount under the Internal Revenue Code, currently $14,000, which is subject to change. There is also a maximum account balance limit of $418,000. However, assets can grow beyond $418,000 due to investment earnings without violating the maximum account balance limit.

Minimum contributions:

None

Investment Options

Target-Risk Options:

Select among 3 predesigned portfolios: Conservative Portfolio, Moderate Portfolio and Growth Portfolio; or Build your own portfolio: Vanguard U.S. Bond Fund, Vanguard U.S. Stock Fund and BlackRock International Stock Fund

Bank Money Market Investment Option:

Florida PRIME Money Market Fund

Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

None

Account maintenance fee:

$2.50 monthly fee with electronic correspondence, additional $10/annually for optional paper correspondence

Program management fees:

None

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Ranges from 0.035% to 0.290%, depending on the investment option chosen

Total asset-based expense ratio:

0.035% - 0.290%

Fees or restrictions on the number of disbursements

None

Taxes and other Benefits

Program match on contributions:

None

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

Not applicable. Florida does not have a personal income tax.

State tax recapture provisions:

Not applicable. Florida does not have a personal income tax.

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

Not applicable. Florida does not have a personal income tax.

State tax treatment of rollovers:

Not applicable. Florida does not have a personal income tax.

Medicaid eligibility

Funds in an ABLE United account are disregarded for the purposes of determining Medicaid eligibility, even if the account balance exceeds $100,000 and/or SSI benefits are suspended.

Medicaid recapture provisions

If the beneficiary receives Medicaid benefits, upon the death of the beneficiary, a state may request reimbursement for Medicaid benefits paid after establishment of the ABLE United account and after all outstanding qualified disability expenses have been paid.

Is there a debit card/ purchasing card available, and if so, at what cost?

Not at this time.

Statutory protection of an account from creditors:

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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

A distribution may be made payable to the beneficiary, a custodian or a third party by submitting a request. The individual submitting the request is responsible for providing the correct information about the payee.

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

During the lifetime of the beneficiary, part or all of the account balance may be transferred to an eligible individual who is a member of the family.

Documents, Access & Reporting

Does participant have online password-protected access to account?

Yes

Can the complete enrollment process including funding be done online?

Yes

Documents and other services accessible or downloadable on the program's public Web site:

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Contact

Website:

Click here to visit

Telephone:

888-524-ABLE (2253)

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