ABLE Account Decision Guide Series
Determining Whether Something is a Qualified Disability Expense (QDE)
A Range of Everyday Expenses, Including Food, as Basic Living Expense QDEs
This QDE category appears in the 2015 proposed regulations, but not in the ABLE Act itself. The IRS has stated, “Until the issuance of final regulations, taxpayers and qualified ABLE programs may rely on these proposed regulations.” The current IRS ABLE regulations published November 19, 2020 list basic living expenses as a QDE and notes that they are not limited to items for which there is a medical necessity or which solely benefit the individual with a disability. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-11-19/pdf/2020-22144.pdf
Note: Our ABLE Decision Guide Series is designed as an aid to decision making as it relates to establishing and using an ABLE account. This document does not cover every possible issue related to the topic and is not a substitute to more in-depth analysis that may be required in some cases.