Creating a Win-Win for both Workers & Employers

There are many benefits for businesses that hire people with disabilities. These include improvements in job retention; dependability and flexibility; attitude; profitability and a competitive advantage. Hiring qualified workers of all abilities just makes good business sense!

Businesses that hire workers with disabilities may also be eligible for various state and federal tax incentives. 

Tax Incentives for New York State & Federal Programs:

NYS Workers with Disabilities Employment Tax Credit (WETC): This NYS incentive provides a tax credit of up to $2,100 of the first $6,000 in wages per eligible individual during the second year of employment.

NYS Disabled Access Tax Credit: Businesses with fewer than 30 employees and no more than $1 million in gross receipts in the preceding year can receive a tax credit of up to 50% of “eligible access expenditures” such as architectural, communication, transportation expenses, etc. N

NYS Barrier Removal Tax Deduction: Businesses can take an annual deduction of up to $15,000 for expenses related to removing physical, structural, and transportation barriers for people with disabilities.

Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): This federal tax program provides a tax credit to businesses who invest in employees who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment, including people with disabilities. Provides up to $2,400 of the first $6,000 in wages paid to certified workers.

Disabled Access Credit:  The program provides a credit of up to $5,000 for small businesses that incur expenditures for the purpose of providing access to persons with disabilities. An eligible small business is one that earned $1 million or less or had no more than 30 full-time employees in the previous year.

Barrier Removal Tax Deduction: This federal tax program encourages businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim a deduction of up to $15,000 a year for qualified expenses.


For additional questions or information in Rockland County, please contact the Rockland County Office for People with Disabilities at (845) 364-3980 or visit


For more information on New York State tax incentives, contact the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance at (518) 457-5181or visit


Transportation for People With Disabilities

TRIPS is Rockland County's paratransit bus service for residents with physical, mental, developmental or intellectual disabilities or senior citizens who are aged 60 or over.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services.