• "I am deeply grateful to the Masonic Village's employees, and will never be able to express my gratitude to all of them." — Catherine L.

  • "I liked my Masonic Charity Foundation charitable gift annuity so much, I opened three more. Why? I might be old-fashioned, but the scriptures have taught me the virtue of looking out for others. Knowing that the funds left in my gift annuities will care for the Masonic Village residents makes me feel wonderful." — Dorothy B.

  • "I am writing to tell you, from the bottom of my heart, just how wonderful the last two years of my mother's life were, thanks to all of you at the Masonic Village at Burlington." — Carol O.

  • "It's not just the Masonic Village's beautiful facilities and the many services that are offered to the residents – most of all, it's the employees. They are personally dedicated it seems to each and every individual here." — Catherine L.

  • "We are equally grateful for the 'loving arms of hospice' that were wrapped around our family in our hour of need." — M.W.

  • "When we decided to come to the Masonic Village at Burlington, we knew it was going to be a very big change in our lives. When we came here, we were very pleased that it was not difficult. We would recommend the Masonic Village highly to a friend." — Joseph and Bertha B.

  • "There is simply no way to express the depth of gratitude I feel for the Masonic Village at Burlington – thank you!" — Jim C.

  • "We know first-hand how very special Acacia Hospice's caregivers are, and we thank every single one of them from the bottom of our hearts." — J.M.

  • "It is with a grateful heart that we extend to you our deepest gratitude for the loving care that Acacia Hospice afforded our beloved Aunt." — M.W.

  • "It has been a source of tremendous relief that my parents were in such caring and professional hands during the final years of their lives." — Jim C.

  • "It takes a very special person to do the job Acacia Hospice's caregivers do every day. We would like you to know we think you have an incredible group of 'Angels.'" — J.M

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Saturday April 20, 2019

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ABLE Accounts Enhanced Under TCJA

In IR-2018-139, the Service explained the new benefits for people with disabilities who have Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts. ABLE accounts are normally funded by annual gifts up to $15,000.

An ABLE account beneficiary is a person who became disabled before age 26. Funds in the ABLE account grow tax-free and may cover qualified disability-related expenses for the beneficiary. Qualified expenses include "housing, education, transportation, health, prevention and wellness, employment training and support, assistive technology and personal support services, and other disability-related expenses."

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) included three new benefits for ABLE account holders. First, if the beneficiary is employed and not covered by a workplace retirement plan, he or she may contribute additional funds, up to the federal poverty limit, to an ABLE account. This amount is $12,140 in additional funds, 2018 ($13,960 in Hawaii, $15,180 in Alaska).

Second, up to $2,000 of ABLE account contributions may qualify for the Saver's Credit. An ABLE account beneficiary should file IRS Form 8880, Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions, to claim that credit.

Third, a beneficiary or family member may be able to roll over funds from a 529 plan to an ABLE account.

All of these changes were designed to increase the opportunity for people with disabilities to fund their care using an ABLE account. Further information on ABLE accounts and the changes under the TCJA are available on www.IRS.gov.

Published June 22, 2018
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