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Delaware's DEPENDABLE ABLE Plan is offered through the National ABLE Alliance. DEPENDABLE is established under the Enabling Legislation and Section 529A of the federal tax code to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving personal funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life. DEPENDABLE is administered by the Delaware Plans Management Board pursuant to state legislation. The Board receives administrative support from the Delaware Office of State Treasurer.


  • Program typeABLE savings plan
  • Investment Manager
    Underlying mutual funds and ETFs managed by BlackRock, Schwab, and Vanguard. Sallie Mae Bank provides the high yield savings account and Fifth Third Bank provides a checking account product.
  • Inception2018
  • State agency
    Delaware Plans Management Board
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Ascensus
  • Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

No

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

An account owner must be an eligible individual under Section 529A as well as a U.S. Citizen or resident alien with a SSI/TIN number and valid permanent U.S. street address.

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

Did you know?

  • The plan can be used to pay for qualified disability expenses.

    This can include education, job training and support, healthcare and financial management.

  • Savings in an ABLE account will not impact eligibility to receive government benefits.

    The first $100,000 is exempt from the Supplemental Security Income limit, and beneficiaries will continue to receive Medicaid regardless of account size.

  • Residents are not limited to investing in their own state's ABLE plan.

    Another state may offer a plan with better suited investment options, lower fees or preferred features.

  • Visit this plan's website to learn more

Contributions

Maximum contributions:

Annual contribution limit is currently $15,000 from all sources. If the beneficiary works, the beneficiary can also contribute part, or all, of their income to their ABLE account. This additional contribution is limited to the poverty-line amount for a one-person household. For 2018, this amount is $12,140. The designated beneficiary is not, however, eligible to make this additional contribution if their employer contributes to a workplace retirement plan on their behalf.

ABLE account beneficiaries can qualify for the Saver's Credit based on contributions they make to their ABLE accounts. Up to $2,000 of these contributions may qualify for this special credit designed to help low- and moderate-income workers.

The assets in an account cannot exceed the account balance limit of $350,000.

Minimum contributions:

The initial and additional contribution minimum is $25.

Investment Options

Target-Risk Options:

Six target-risk options, in which the asset mix (or allocation) seeks to meet a specific investment goal and risk tolerance. The target-risk options include: Aggressive, Moderately Aggressive, Growth, Moderate, Moderately Conservative, and Conservative.

Bank Money Market Investment / Checking Option:

A checking option with Fifth Third Bank, which invests 100% of its assets in an FDIC-insured checking account

Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

None

Account maintenance fee:

$60, assessed at $15 per calendar quarter. The quarterly fee is discounted by $3.75 for account owners who elect to receive statements via electronic delivery and further discounted by $1.25 per quarter if the owner is a Delaware resident.

$2 monthly service charge for investments in the Checking Option, waived for accounts with an average daily balance of more than $250.

Program management fees:

0.32%; none for the Checking Option

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Ranges from 0.02% to 0.05%, depending on the investment option chosen; none for the Checking Option

Total asset-based expense ratio:

0.34% - 0.37%, depending on the investment option chosen; none for the Checking Option

Fees or restrictions on the number of disbursements

None, but a $25 fee applies to all outgoing wires and priority delivery service

Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filersNone
  • Tax deduction for joint filersNone

Note

Delaware doesn't offer tax deductions

Program match on contributions:

None

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

None

State tax recapture provisions:

None, .

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

There are no Delaware income taxes due on investment earnings in an account in DEPENDABLE when used to pay for qualified disability expenses.

Medicaid eligibility

The CMS guidance can be found at Implications of the ABLE Act for State Medicaid Programs on the CMS website. Please consult with your state's Medicaid office with any additional questions.

Medicaid recapture provisions

Under Section 529A, following the death of the account owner, any state may file a claim against the account owner or the account itself for the amount of the total medical assistance paid for the account owner under the state's Medicaid plan after the establishment of the account (or any ABLE account from which amounts were rolled or transferred to the current account). The amount paid in satisfaction of such a claim is not a taxable withdrawal from the account. Further, the amount is to be paid only after the payment of all outstanding payments due for the qualified disability expenses of the account owner and is to be reduced by the amount of all premiums paid by or on behalf of the account owner to a Medicaid Buy-In program under that state's Medicaid plan.

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

Investors in the Checking Option may use a debit card to access funds.

Statutory protection of an account from creditors:

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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Withdrawals will be sent by check or ACH to the account owner at the address on the account or a third party designated by the account owner.

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

Accepts requests to transfer account ownership provided the appropriate form and any additional requested documentation is submitted to the plan.

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:

https://savewithable.com/de/home.html

Telephone:

888.609.8914

Email:

de.clientservice@savewithable.com