Make the most of the benefits you deserve
Your benefits are here to stay
When you open an account, you won’t lose your state or federal benefits.
A STABLE account helps you supplement your current benefits in order to save for eligible expenses. If you’re receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you can have up to $100,000 in the account without it counting towards the $2,000 asset limit. If you choose to go over the $100,000 limit, your SSI benefits will be suspended, but you’ll still be eligible for all other benefits (such as Medicaid). Once your balance drops below the limit, your SSI benefits will resume as normal.
No impact on Medicaid benefits
The money in your STABLE account will not affect your eligibility for Medicaid benefits. For more information, please see Medicaid’s guidance on STABLE accounts.
Get more of the things you need
The money in the account can be used for various everyday expenses, like housing and rent. Most costs related to living with a disability qualify as an eligible expense. The eligible expenses are geared toward improving health, independence, and quality of life, and include:
Employment, training, and support
Personal support services
Health, prevention, and wellness
Oversight and monitoring
Funeral and burial costs, and more
Keep track of your expenses
We don’t need to see your receipts, but the IRS might. You should keep documentation of your purchases in case the IRS asks for it, and you have to provide proof of how you spent the money from your account.
Enjoy the benefits of the STABLE Visa® Card
The STABLE Visa Card is available to everyone with a STABLE account. The STABLE Visa Card does not pull money directly out of your STABLE account. Instead, you get to choose a specific amount of money to load onto your card, which can help better control budgets and plan for your qualified disability expenses. The STABLE Visa Card's discrete loading feature allows you to limit how much money your loved one can access at any given time.
What if I buy something that doesn’t qualify?
You’ll have to pay tax on growth, plus a 10% penalty on earnings for non-eligible items. Also, keep in mind that any non-eligible withdrawals are considered income for the month and could count against your eligibility for SSI benefits or Medicaid.
Save and invest tax free
Both the earnings from your STABLE account and the money withdrawn for eligible expenses are tax free. Any money added to the account could qualify for a state income tax deduction, which means you’ll have even more saved for the future.
If you are an Ohio resident or taxpayer, you can take a state income tax deduction of up to $4,000 per STABLE account you contribute to, with unlimited carry forward. This means that if you contribute more than $4,000 to a STABLE account in a calendar year, you can carry the remainder of your contributions forward to subsequent years until your entire contribution has been fully deducted.
Other states may also offer income tax deductions or credits for STABLE account contributions. Please check with your state taxation agency or financial planner for more information on your state tax benefits.