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Property Tax exemptions under for ADA/Accessibility 'designs' only apply for those businesses who are required by law to revamp building to serve those who are disabled. More information is also available through the ADA.

A home would not be required unless possibly a builder discriminates against a person who is disabled and requires certain building materials or designs. If a builder refuses, then it's possible that builder can be held accountable in which case the person would need to seek advice of an attorney or obtain another builder.

If a home is sold for business use, and is open for public accommodations, then the ADAAA of 2008 comes into play, probably under Title II. There is also Title III obligations dealing with tax credit and tax incentives for businesses under the IRS codes.

As to accessible home medication, there are tax incentives by the Fed Gov as well as several states for modifications to help the home owner recoup some if not all costs under medical requirements for permanent improvements. Not all are approved such as an elevator may only be partially included as a medical expense, but if the value of the property increases due to that elevator, it is then reduced by the increased value.

If you buy a home with those required accessibilities, the new owner wouldn't be able to take a tax exemption until the new owner builds or adds onto the property. It's all about modifications, medical expense and value increases.

So for a home, the design itself is not an exemption, only if required for as a medical expense exemption under Federal Income Tax.

State tax laws would need to be checked and one should discuss possibilities with their CPA.

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Laura Ahlin

It is useful if the garage entrance to the house is as close to the kitchen counter as possible for carrying groceries. I have designed a passthrough from the utility room onto a kitchen counter.

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For just about any residential design it isn't a bad idea to have a place to set groceries while opening the door and have a lower counter (or seat) in the kitchen to put heavy bags of groceries on so you don't have to lift them all the way up to the regular counter height.

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