Trade Adjustment Assistance
What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program assists workers who become unemployed due to the impact of foreign trade. The TAA program seeks to provide U.S. workers who are negatively impacted with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed in a high wage-high demand occupation.
The first step to receiving TAA benefits and services is to file a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). For information on filing a petition, click here.
If you believe that you may already be certified to receive TAA assistance, please visit Missouri TAA Certifications for a complete listing of all TAA-certified employers within the state of Missouri and remember to visit a local Job Center to find out more about the TAA program.
The TAA program assists eligible workers to re-train in high wage-high demand careers. Training assistance through the TAA program pays 100% of all required training costs; including tuition, books, fees, and required materials/supplies.
Approved training programs may include:
- Classroom Training
- Occupational skills training (technical certificates, Associate degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, etc.)
- Remedial training and Pre-requisite training (Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency, etc.)
- Employer-Based Training
- On-the-Job Training (OJT)
Apprenticeship training Individuals interested in applying for TAA training assistance must engage with a Job Center Trade Representative or Trade Navigator. To get started, locate your local Job Center.
The below documents should assist current TAA participants in navigating and understanding their TAA program services and benefits.
Want to learn more about the TAA program benefits? The Virtual Orientations will provide a brief overview of the TAA benefits and services, such as training, income support, job search, and relocation assistance, the health coverage tax credit, and employment and case management services.
Job Search Assistance
Looking for a job can be stressful. Whether you are looking for a new job, considering a change in career paths, or developing a plan for your career, the TAA program can help! The TAA program and your local Job Center offers a wide variety of services to assist your job search efforts.
Job Search Allowance
The TAA program assists eligible workers who search for work outside of the normal commuting area (10 miles) by reimbursing costs incurred to travel to the job search activity. Job Search Allowance reimburses 90% of pre-approved expenses incurred while attending an approved job search activity (e.g. interview, employer testing, job fair, etc.) up to $1,250.00.
The TAA program assists eligible workers who successfully obtain qualifying employment outside of the normal commuting area (10 miles) and must relocate for the new employment. The Relocation Allowance benefit pays 90% of pre-approved expenses incurred to move the participant, family, and household goods plus a one-time lump sum payment of $1,250.
Case Management Services
The TAA program offers a host of case management services to assist you in your job search needs. These services include:
- Comprehensive and Specialized Assessments
- Individual Employment Plans (IEP)
- Information on Available Training Providers/Programs
- Financial Aid Information
- Short-Term Pre-Vocational Services
- Employment Statistics Information (Labor Market Information)
- Supportive Service Information
Individuals interested in applying for TAA job search assistance must engage with a Trade Representative. To get started, locate your local Job Center.
Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)
Individuals who plan to participate or who are actively participating in full-time TAA-approved training may be eligible to receive up to an additional 104-weeks of income support if enrolled within 26-weeks of the TAA certification or individual separation date from the trade-affected employer, whichever is later.
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)
TAA participants age 50 or older who gain re-employment making less than their separation wage from the trade-affected employer, may be eligible for the RTAA benefit. RTAA is a wage subsidy that provides 50% of the difference between the separation wage and reemployment wage up to $10,000 or two-years, whichever occurs first.
Individuals interested in applying for TAA income support must engage with a Trade Representative. To get started, locate your local Job Center.
Health Coverage Tax Credit
TAA participants who are actively engaged in the TAA program and receiving unemployment insurance compensation, Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA), or Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) wage subsidy payments may be eligible to apply for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).
If you are enrolled in a qualified healthcare plan and meet the above TAA requirements, you may be able to apply for a tax credit of 72.5% of your monthly healthcare premiums.
HCTC is administered solely by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
For additional information regarding HCTC benefits or to apply for the HCTC benefit, please contact the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/HCTC (844)-853-7210.