There is some kindness in the tax code, especially when it comes to the disabled and their care givers. There are a few tax breaks that are intended to alleviate some of the financial burden.
Even when a disabled person is able to work, they or their caregivers must incur many additional costs, from transportation needs to medicines and special supplies for care. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one out of every five Americans lives with a disability. If this includes you or someone you care for, you’ll want to know about some tax tips that are designed to help. A recent article in Yahoo Finance, “8 Tax Tips for People With Disabilities (and Their Caregivers),” offers some useful details.
ABLE accounts. These accounts are newer savings vehicles for those who become blind or disabled before the age of 26. The accounts are like 529 college savings accounts—the account grows tax-free and can be spent on eligible expenses with no taxes. Contributions to these accounts don’t qualify for a federal tax credit or deduction. However, Iowa, Michigan, and Nebraska offer state tax benefits for contributing.