Tax Incentives for Businesses

There are currently two Federal Tax incentive opportunities that businesses can take advantage of when actively improving their services for customers with disabilities.

The first is a tax credit for small businesses that earn $1 million or less annually with 30 or fewer full-time employees, that spend money to remove access barriers (Internal Revenue Code, Section 44). The amount of the tax credit is equal to 50% of total expenditures for that year; and sign language interpreters are covered under this provision.

The second is a tax deduction for businesses of all sizes who are removing access barriers (Internal Revenue Code, Section 190).

If your business is striving for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), use these tax incentives to your advantage. ASL Sign Language interpreters are required under the ADA. Your tax credit and deduction can be used every year you invest money in becoming more accessible. For further information, contact your accountant, tax professional, or a local IRS office.

Reimbursement Opportunities for Interpreting Services

Any attorney who incurs expenses due to hiring a sign language interpreter, can be reimbursed through the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Sign Language Interpreter/CART Fund. The fund was established to benefit clients of small firms, solo practitioners, public interest firms and pro bono volunteers who need the assistance of a sign language interpreter for communication.
— To receive reimbursement, send a copy of the paid bill and assigned copy of the certification to:

Pennsylvania Bar Association
Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee
P.O. Box 186
Harrisburg, PA 17108-0186
Fax: 717-238-1204

You will receive up to $100 per interpreter appointment, for up to two appointments per quarter until the fund is depleted.

For more information, please consult the PA Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Other Useful Resources

The National Disability Rights Network

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

National Association of the Deaf

Legal Resources for Special Needs

The Fully Accessible Guide to Home Loans for People with Disabilities

Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling

Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive

Teacher Resources for Special Needs

Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs

Disability and Credit Scores

Disability Resources from the Department of Labor

Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home

Financial Planning for Special Needs