You need your website to be accessible but your budget needs to stay in the black. There may be a perfect solution out there for you - government tax credits. Who doesn’t like finding (legal) ways to pay less money to the government? The government is offering the incentives to small businesses that take steps to be compliant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In case there is any confusion, accessibility (a11y) is a measure of how accessible a computer system is to all people, including those with disabilities or impairments. It concerns both software and hardware and how they are configured in order to enable a disabled or impaired person to use that computer system successfully. Accessibility is also known as assistive technology. Learn more here.
If you make accessibility updates to an existing website the government will refund 50% of your costs in the form of a tax reduction at the end of the year. This 50% refund applies to expenditures that amount to more than $250 but that do not exceed $10,250.
If you let Coughlin make accessibility updates to your website, you could potentially be looking at $125 to a few hundred dollars in savings!
Your business must not exceed $1 million in gross receipts for the previous tax year and must have 30 or fewer full-time employees during the preceding tax year.
I speculate that the government created this tax credit to help small businesses with the burden of the law. So if you are a bigger company and don’t meet these requirements, I suppose the government expects that you can and should be moving towards compliance… without Uncle Sam’s piggy bank to lighten the yoke.
We advise you to seek the council of your certified accountant and/or lawyer on the matter. Coughlin is not in the business of giving legal advice and we can NOT guarantee that your small business is eligible or that the government will indeed decide that your investments are 50% refundable. We WILL be doing everything we can to ensure there is a proper paper trail of the work done to your website so that you have solid evidence for your application to receive this tax credit. There will be evidence of the changes that were made, scores to demonstrate an improved level of accessibility and receipts of payment for the work done.
If your site needs a lift, let us know! We also offer free basic accessibility audits that you can take advantage of to find out what your website can improve upon. Knowing that the government is willing to help you comply to the Americans with Disabilities Act, what is stopping you now?