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If you have a website for your business, you’ve more than likely heard the term “website accessibility” thrown around lately. Recently, several small local businesses have received demanding letters and have even been sued because their websites do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

But what does “Accessibility” actually mean?

“Accessibility” refers to your website being coded to be read by screen readers and to be used by people with various disabilities. The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) most recent web content accessibility guidelines are known as WCAG 2.1.

Making a website’s code accessible to all takes time and money, which has deterred many business owners before from pulling the trigger to making their website accessible. But with a recent incentive from the IRS, now just may be the time.

 

IRS Will Pay $5,000 for Website Accessibility Via Tax Credit

Under IRS Code Section 44, Disabled Access Credit, businesses who make accommodations to make their businesses accessible to persons with disabilities—including increasing their website accessibility—can now qualify for a $5,000 tax credit.

Eligible businesses can claim the credit using the Disabled Access Credit on IRS Form 8826.

This new tax credit is available to those qualified in the amount of 50 percent of “eligible access expenditures” that exceed $250 but do not exceed $10,250 for a taxable year, for a maximum tax credit of $5,000.

 

Does Your Business Qualify for the IRS Tax Credit?

If you’re a local small business owner, chances are you do! According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, your business is eligible for the tax credit if: You had $1 million or less in gross receipts for the preceding tax year OR You had 30 or fewer full-time employees during the preceding tax year.

At Mannix Marketing, we’re website professionals–not accountants, so you’ll want to double check your eligibility with your tax advisor before moving forward. For more information on eligibility, visit the EEOC website here.

 

Let us Help Make Your Website More Accessible

In order to protect your small business from a lawsuit, your website should be evaluated for its accessibility to people with disabilities. It’s important to work with a professional company that understands the WCAG 2.1 standards and learn for yourself what makes a website code accessible. Unfortunately, shortcuts to accessible code do not exist–and adding a good-faith tool to your website may not not hold up in court.

If you’re looking for assistance in this review and help making your website WCAG 2.1 accessible, our team of programmers is here to help. We’re passionate about making your website accessible to all to the best of our abilities!

Book a call with Sara Mannix or Book a call with Chris Archibee to get the conversation started!

 

Looking for more resources on website accessibility?

Check out our website accessibility blog for more information!

About John Volza

John Volza joined the Mannix Marketing team in 2018 as a Digital Marketing Strategist. Originally from the Utica, NY area, John graduated with a BA in English and Gender Studies from Skidmore College in 2016, and currently resides in Saratoga Springs, NY. John is also the founder of two online-based clothing companies. As a member of a digital agency and a small business owner himself, John is passionate about helping small businesses see results with social media and digital marketing.

Specializations:

  • Local SEO
  • Facebook Marketing & Facebook Ads
  • Instagram Marketing & Instagram Ads
  • Senior Living Marketing
  • Content Marketing

Outside of work, John loves to cook, play video games, and travel. Having gone to college in Saratoga Springs, he’s very happy to have returned to the area and can often be found downtown walking through Congress Park or trying out the newest bars and restaurants.