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What is the Disability Employment Incentive Act?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2019 | Social Security Disability | 0 comments

For most people in Georgia, collecting Social Security Disability benefits is a necessary evil. They really do not want to be on assistance. They would rather be working. However, getting people back to work after a debilitating injury is not an easy task. In this situation, you may need accommodations or further training to even consider re-entering the workforce. Furthermore, your disability may be such that working is difficult regardless of accommodations. The Disability Employment Incentive Act, according to the U.S. Senate, is working to provide you with more opportunities if you have a disability, so you can go back to work.

Lawmakers realize there are many barriers that prevent someone who has a disability from reentering the workforce. Thus, this increases the number of people who rely on SSDI for income. The goal with the DEIA is to remove those barriers and eliminate challenges so you can work and make your own income again.

The DEIA provides tax credits to employers to encourage hiring someone with a disability. There are three credits. The Work Opportunity tax credit applies to employers who hire someone with a disability from a referral through a state Vocational Rehabilitation agency. The person the employer hires must be on SSDI. It provides a credit for 40% of the employee’s income for the first year and 20% for the second year.

The Architectural and Transportation Barrier tax credit allows for up to $30,000 per year for a business to remove physical barriers that might prevent someone with a disability from working at that business. This is an existing credit with an increase in the amount employers may claim.

Finally, the Disability Access Expenditures tax credit allows for small business employers to get a credit of up to $10,000. This is also an existing credit with a raise in the limit. This information is for education and is not legal advice.


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