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Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act

In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.

Employment:  The NYS Department of Taxation and Finance does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title 1 of the ADA.

Effective Communication: The NYS Department of Taxation and Finance will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the Department of Taxation and Finance's programs, services and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures:  The NYS Department of Taxation and Finance will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities.  For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in Department of Taxation and Finance's offices, even where pets are generally prohibited. 

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity of the Department of Taxation and Finance, should contact the Office of  Diversity and Affirmative Action, Elgin Joseph Taylor, at (518) 530-4677 or by email at Elgin.Taylor@tax.ny.gov as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require the Department of Taxation and Finance to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its program or services or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. 

Complaints that a program, service or activity of the Department of Taxation and Finance is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to Elgin Joseph Taylor at (518) 530-4677 or by email at Elgin.Taylor@tax.ny.gov.

The Department of Taxation and Finance will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs. 

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