Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. Montana Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

Program Administration -- Rulemaking

53-25-104. Program administration -- rulemaking. (1) There is a Montana achieving a better life experience program. The department shall ensure that the program meets the requirements for an achieving a better life experience program under section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 529A. The program administrator may request a private letter ruling from the internal revenue service or the United States secretary of health and human services and shall take any necessary steps to ensure that the program qualifies under federal law.

(2) The department may contract with an independent service provider as program administrator, in consultation with the committee. In considering potential independent service providers, the department shall consider each prospective provider's prior experience with disabled individuals and programs for disabled individuals, along with its other qualifications. If the department appoints one of its employees to act as program administrator, the department may contract with independent service providers to provide services including but not limited to establishing accounts, providing information about investment choices, meeting notice requirements, providing account statements, and other services typically utilized by investment and savings plans. The department may require participating financial institutions to pay the costs of the independent service provider.

(3) The department shall:

(a) establish by rule the terms and conditions of the program subject to the requirements of this chapter and section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 529A;

(b) as required under section 529A(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 529A(d), require the program administrator to submit:

(i) upon the establishment of each account, a notice to the United States secretary of the treasury containing the name and state of residence of the designated beneficiary and any other information the secretary may require; and

(ii) electronically on a monthly basis to the United States commissioner of social security, statements on the relevant distributions and account balances of all accounts in the state.

(4) The department may allow the residents of other states access to the program.

History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 436, L. 2015; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 30, L. 2019; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 433, L. 2019.