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Indiana ABLE Account Tax Credit – Sign on to support the bill before February 28

Information courtesy of the Indiana ABLE Authority and the Treasurer of State’s Office

The Indiana ABLE Authority and the Treasurer of State’s Office are working to improve Indiana’s 529A ABLE accounts by the addition of a tax credit. They are requesting your support of Senate Bill 559 and House Bill 1350. This legislation would give Indiana ABLE accounts the same tax incentives currently offered by the CollegeChoice 529 programs.  ABLE accounts, also known as 529A accounts, allow individuals with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability related expenses, without affecting their eligibility for certain means-tested benefits. If this bill passes, contributors to ABLE accounts would be eligible to receive a 20% Indiana state tax credit worth up to $1,000 annually.

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2019 Vocational Rehabilitation Survey – Responses Due January 25

Information courtesy of Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) wants to hear from you! You can share your feedback on the need for services or gaps in services for job seekers with disabilities by completing a brief survey. The survey is here. Responses are due by January 25.

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Aim Higher Act would reauthorize Higher Education Act , make changes for students with disabilities

An informational alert prepared by Fifth Freedom

Last week, the House introduced the Aim Higher Act (H.R. 6543). This bill reauthorizes the Higher Education Act. The bill would require colleges to accept disability documentation from high school, eliminating the need for students to reprove their disability in college to receive accommodations. The bill would also reauthorize the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, which awarded grants to colleges to create or expand transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

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ABLE Age Adjustment Act would make more people eligible for ABLE accounts

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits. Currently, the accounts are only available to people who were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, but legislation currently before Congress could change that.

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Fighting Fraud – Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors

Information courtesy of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging

According to the Government Accountability Office, financial fraud costs seniors nearly $3 billion a year. The US Senate Special Committee on Aging is working to combat scams that target older Americans. The Committee has released a book highlighting the top ten scams targeting seniors around the country.

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