Who pays for the interpreter?

Businesses, agencies and other public facilities are required to provide access (including communication) following the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which includes individuals who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Thus, the cost falls upon those who are providing the accommodations. A surcharge cannot legally be imposed on an individual with a disability directly or indirectly to offset the cost of the interpreter. The cost of the interpreter should be treated as part of overhead expenses for accounting and tax purposes.

For more information and resources on the federal guidelines and tax incentives for businesses, see our “Compliance” page.