ATLANTA, GA., May 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 508 Help Desk (a production of RadioPress Media) reports that recent changes in federal website accessibility requirements allow small businesses to be eligible for a $5,000 tax credit. The changes under IRS Code Section 44, Disabled Access Credit, state that small businesses can qualify for the tax credit by making an effort to insure their websites are accessible to persons with disabilities.
The 508 Help Desk stated that the available tax credit should, in many situations, cover the expenses of businesses to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. § 794 (d)). Originally enacted in 1998 by the United States Congress to cover federal agencies, Section 508 was then broadened in January 2017 to cover any organization that receives federal funding or does business with the government. The law also requires agencies to make their electronic documents and other information technology accessible to people with disabilities. All federal agencies and companies do business with them must be comply with these rules no later than January 2018.
According to the IRS guidelines all efforts to improve website accessibility are eligible for a 50 percent tax credit for related expenditures over $250, but not exceeding $10,250, for a maximum benefit of $5,000. Ordinarily a business can subtract the credit from the current year’s tax liability, but it is always recommended that companies confirm their eligibility before applying for this credit. The IRS Disabled Access tax credit form can be found here.
“The Internet, particularly Websites, can enable a most useful experience for a person with disability. Unfortunately for users who encounter inaccessible websites with assistive technology, it can also be the most frustrating experience”, says Norm Alexander, a Webmaster and host of The 508 Help Desk podcast. “It takes less effort than you might think to make websites and mobile applications accessible to all users.”