Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Benefits

If your TAA Counselor cannot locate suitable employment for you, retraining to acquire marketable skills may be an option.

On-the-Job training (OJT) is approvable if your training meets certain guidelines. Your TAA Counselor will assist you. The TAA program will reimburse your OJT employer up to 50% of your basic starting full time wage during OJT. This may help you get the job over other candidates. The program will purchase tools and uniforms for you, if the OJT employer doesn’t usually furnish these items. The maximum duration of OJT is 104 weeks.

If you choose occupational training, your training must lead to a specific occupational/educational goal (certification, degree, etc.). If approved, the TAA program will pay for the total cost of your training (including tuition, fees, required books and tools, and necessary supplies). Occupational training may be approved for 104 weeks or more of in-classroom" time.  
Job Search Allowance   
The TAA Program may reimburse your travel expenses to attend a scheduled, verified interview with an employer if you must travel over 20 miles to the interview. Reimbursable costs include transportation, food and lodging.    
Relocation Allowance   
If you accept employment at a long distance from your current residence, the TAA program may reimburse the cost to relocate your family and your household to a new residence closer to your job (within the United States). Reimbursement can include the cost of hiring a commercial moving contractor, the cost of travel for you and your family to your new home (including meals and lodging along the way), and temporary storage of your household goods, if necessary.    

Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)

Trade Readjustment Allowances are income benefits, equivalent to your weekly state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. You may be eligible to receive TRA benefits if you are enrolled in training or are actively searching for work. TRA benefits are not paid until you have exhausted all of your UI benefits.    
Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)   

If you elected to purchase health insurance on your own after losing your employer-paid coverage, you may use the HCTC to cover a substantial portion of your monthly health insurance premiums, or if you choose to pay your entire premium you may claim the HCTC benefit as a credit on your income tax return. For more information:  

  • Visit the IRS HCTCExternal Link Icon Web site; or  
  • Call the HCTC Customer Contact Center toll-free at 1 (866) 628-4282.  If you are hearing impaired, call 
    1 (866) 626-4282 (TTY/TTD).  
Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA)
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)
ATAA/RTAA is a partial replacement of wages lost by a worker who accepts employment paying less than your their previous wage. You must be at least 50 years of age when you become reemployed; and you must be employed within the ATAA/RTAA eligibility period. ATAA/RTAA recipients may also qualify for HCTC. However, ATAA/RTAA recipients are not eligible to receive TRA.   


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