The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26th, 1990 by President George H. Bush. President George W. Bush signed the ADA Amendment Act into law on September 25th, 2008. The ADA Amendment Act became effective on January 1, 2009. The objectives of the Act and the Amendment Act are as follows:
1. Improve quality of care for
people with disabilities and activity limitations;
Government created a tax credit incentive to help enable small business that
include podiatry offices to make their facilities and equipment ADA
compliant. These tax credit incentives are referred to as "eligible access
expenditures" and include podiatry chairs. For a business or practice to be
considered eligible, it cannot have grossed more than $1,000,000 in revenue
the previous year or have employed 30 or more full-time workers. For an
expenditure to be eligible, it must exceed $250 but not be more than
$10,250. The amount of the credit is equal to 50% of the "eligible access
expenditures" to a maximum of $5000. This definition of eligibility
encompasses the vast majority of podiatry practices with only a very few at
the top not being eligible.
Midmark 417 cost - $3850. Subtract
$250 that is the baseline amount that must be exceeded to qualify for the
credit. This leaves a $3600 remainder. 50% of $3600 is $1800. This is the
amount that is deductible as a tax credit and not an expense making the true
cost of the Midmark 417 chair $2050.
The above explanations are for instructional purposes only. Global Intermed is not an accounting firm or a law firm. However, we do often work with accountants to provide them with the information necessary to support deductions and/or credits associated with the purchase of podiatry equipment. Feel free to have your accountant call us if they have any questions.
Generally and in summary, the ADA tax credit can be applied to providing reasonable accommodations such as sign language, interpreters, readers, materials in an alternative format (such as Braille or large print), the purchase of adaptive equipment, acquiring or modifying existing equipment or the removal of architectural barriers. Most of the podiatry chairs we sell are already ADA compliant but Global Intermed can modify those chairs that aren't to make them ADA complaint upon request for a small additional charge. Contact us so that we can discuss what will be necessary to make your office ADA complaint and also as to how we can help you save money meeting your podiatry equipment needs. Ask for Mark.