Tax Tip of the Week: Build the “Disabled Access Credit” Into Your Remodeling Plans

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Disability-rampsIf you are planning improvements or equipment updates, you should consider the “Disabled Access Credit”. The credit is equal to 50% of the first $10,250 (first $250 is excluded) for a maximum credit of $5,000. Don’t forget that a credit equals a direct reduction of taxes dollar for dollar.

The credit can only be claimed by a qualified small business that is making their premises more accessible to disabled individuals. A “qualified small business” is one with gross receipts of $1 million or less, or one that didn’t employ more than 30 full-time employees in the preceding tax year.

The expenses must be incurred to meet requirements established by the American Disabilities Act (ADA). For instance, a small business can claim the credit for the following costs:

  • Removal of architectural, communication, physical, or transportation barriers that prevent a business form being accessible to, or usable by, disabled individuals.
  • Providing qualified interpreters or other effective methods of making orally-delivered materials available to hearing-impaired individuals.
  • Providing qualified readers, taped text, and other effective methods of making material available to visually impaired individuals.
  • Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices for disabled individuals.
  • Providing other similar services, modifications, materials, or equipment.

The modifications do not have to exclusively benefit disabled individuals.

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