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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers (TAA) and Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)

John J. Topoleski
Analyst in Income Security

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers (TAA) provides assistance to qualifying workers who lose their jobs directly due to increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States. Certified workers whose unemployment compensation has ended and who are in approved training may receive income support payments (Trade Readjustment Allowances, or TRA) for a maximum of 156 weeks. Some workers age 50 or older are eligible to receive Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA), a wage supplement program. Both TAA- and RTAAeligible workers can receive a Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), which provides a refundable tax credit to offset 80% of the health insurance premiums of TAA- and RTAA-eligible workers. This report provides background on the programs, including a description of the eligibility for these programs and benefits available to participants. It also describes the main changes to the program with the reauthorization and expansion of TAA in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA; P.L. 111-5), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009. The changes made by ARRA were to expire on December 31, 2010. H.R. 6517, the Omnibus Trade Act of 2010, extended the changes made by ARRA though February 12, 2011. H.R. 6517 passed the House and the Senate on December 22, 2010.

Date of Report: January 7, 2011
Number of Pages: 12
Order Number: RS22718
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