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Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance is available to qualified participants whose petition number begins with 7 or 8 and whose petition was filed between 05/17/09 and 12/31/13. RTAA is a wage subsidy available to qualified participants who are 50 years of age or older. Electing the RTAA option cancels out all future eligibility for the TRA weekly benefits.

Eligible Workers

Eligible Employment

New employment must be full time, which is 32 hours per week(the exception is if you are going to school fulltime, then work of at least 20 hours per week is allowable). Multiple part-time jobs can be combined to meet the 32 hours full-time requirement.

The projected annual wages at new employment cannot exceed certain levels, depending on which TAA Law applies to your petition:

If annual wages exceed these amounts then you do not qualify for RTAA.

New employment cannot be at the same employment site as your TAA certified employer

Allowed Subsidy Amount

The RTAA wage subsidy is 50% of the difference between your previous weekly wages and weekly wages at new employment - not hourly wage rates. Overtime pay is excluded from the subsidy calculation.

The maximum allowed RTAA payment depends on which TAA Law applies to your petition:

Your maximum allowed RTAA payment is reduced if you received any TRA weekly cash payments. Each week that you received TRA reduces RTAA amount by about 1%. (For instance, if your petition qualifies for $12000 but you claimed 25 weeks of TRA while you were in school, then your max benefit is reduced by 25% down to approximately $9000 maximum.)

Eligibility Periods and Deadlines

There is a 104-week period to qualify for and claim RTAA. Your “104-week clock” can start whether you find fulltime work right away or not.

Documentation

You must provide documentation of your age such as a drivers license. You must provide documentation of your wages in the form of a paystub, or statement from the company showing pay rate and hours worked.

RTAA is Taxable Income

RTAA payments are reported to the IRS as taxable income. We cannot withhold state or federal taxes from your RTAA payment. You need to put aside funds to cover any additional taxes that you may owe. One strategy is to reduce the number of exemptions with your new employer, in order to make your tax deductions higher.

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