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Home Modification Tax Credit

People living with multiple sclerosis (MS) sometimes find that it is necessary for them to modify their homes to increase accessibility and improve safety. Modifying a home may also allow a person with MS to maintain a connection to a job, or remain an active member of the community, or even to remain independent. However, these modifications can be prohibitively expensive. People with MS may benefit from financial relief—for example, in the form of credits when they file their taxes.

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What We Are Trying to Accomplish

MS activists are advancing home modification tax credit legislation in their state legislatures, to provide financial assistance for home modifications. Home modification tax credits are designed to allow an individual homeowner, or a family, to be able to recoup some of the cost of modifying a home. Some tax credit proposals would also allow home builders to receive and benefit from tax credits if they build accessible housing.

Why It’s Important

Research has demonstrated that due to MS symptoms, including balance and issues related to gait and coordination, the majority of people with MS report experiencing falls, and injuries related to falls. In addition to the physical challenges multiple sclerosis may present, the disease may also impose financial challenges. The overall cost of living with MS is estimated to be over $70,000 per year, per person. The cost of a home modification varies widely; estimates range from $100 to $50,000. These modifications can include something as straightforward as installing a grab bar in the shower to something as complex as building a full ramp into a home. Home modifications not only benefit people with MS—they also result in savings for the healthcare system and for our economy overall.

In states across the country, MS activists have recruited legislators to introduce home modification tax credit legislation, formed coalitions, and built momentum. Several states have already enacted these laws, and many others are considering bills. If you have a personal story about how a home modification would be helpful for you, 
please share your story with the Society

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Help advance home modification tax credit legislation in your state legislature.

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