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Capitol Correspondence - 08.03.21

Re-introduction of the Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act of 2021

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Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has re-introduced legislation which would double the maximum Disabled Access Credit (DAC) and expand access for small businesses.  

The Disabled Access Credit provides a tax credit for businesses who incur expenses to comply with access requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including but not limited to, removing barriers, providing interpreters, and acquiring or modifying equipment or devices for individuals with disabilities.

The Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act of 2021 would increase the ceiling on eligible expenses to 50% of $20,500 and expand eligibility to small businesses with gross receipts of $2.5 million or less; codify the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) ADA Mediation program to support individuals with disabilities and businesses to reach a resolution without further litigation; and require the DOJ to provide a report to Congress regarding the calls the ADA Information Line receives.

Representative Donald McEachin (D-VA) also introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

News Release here: After ADA’s 31st Birthday, Duckworth Re-Introduces Bill to Strengthen the Landmark Civil Rights Law & Help More Small Businesses Become Accessible | U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois (senate.gov)