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Trade Readjustment Allowances
Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) are a form of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) that is paid to an eligible adversely affected worker on a weekly basis after he/she exhausts entitlement to regular unemployment compensation, including state and federal extensions.
There are three types of TRA paid to adversely affected workers - Basic, Additional and Remedial or Completion TRA.
Basic TRA is generally paid for a total of 27 weeks as workers are allowed to receive a total of 52 weeks minus their maximum entitlement to regular unemployment insurance on the parent unemployment insurance claim. Basic TRA benefits may be reduced by the amount of Emergency Unemployment or Extended Benefits received. Payment of Basic TRA occurs during a 104-week eligibility period to adversely affected workers who have exhausted their entitlement to regular unemployment insurance benefits, including extended benefits.
Additional TRA provides additional weeks of TRA payments if participating in TAA approved training. However, the amount of additional weeks to be paid will vary based on TRA amendments from 2002, 2009 and 2011.
Remedial TRA (petitions less than 80,000) provides up to 26 weeks while actively participating in TAA-approved training if the worker's training program includes remedial education.
Completion TRA (available for certain petitions 80,000 +) provides up to 13 more weeks of TRA in order to complete a training plan only if participating in TAA-approved training and Basic and Additional TRA have exhausted. You may qualify for up to 13 weeks of Completion TRA where all of the following five additional criteria are met:
Qualifying Requirements for TRA Benefits
If you qualify, the weekly amount of your TRA will generally be the same amount of the regular UI benefit you received. Any earnings or other income you receive will reduce your TRA benefits in the same manner as it did on your regular UI claim. Your TRA will also be reduced by the amount of any other Federal Training Allowance you are entitled to for the same week, except a Pell Grant.
For Petitions below 70,000 and (certain 80,000 - 80,999*):
For Petitions 70,000 through 79,999 (certain 80,000 - 80,999*) and 81,000 +
Health Care Tax Credit (HCTC):
The Trade Act provides for a federal tax credit of 72.5% of the health plan premium for TAA eligible individuals enrolled in qualified health plans. To qualify for the credit, individuals must be receiving TRA or would be eligible to receive TRA except that their unemployment insurance (UI) benefits have not yet exhausted or ended and must be participating in a qualified health plan.
The legislation that authorized the HCTC will expire on January 1, 2014 and this tax credit will no longer be available. For detailed information visit the "Latest News" page at: www.irs.gov/hctc or call the HCTC Customer Contact Center toll-free 1-866-628-HCTC (1-866-628-4282).
For information on enrolling in a state qualified health plan, contact Arkansas' Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool (administered by Blue Advantage Administrators of Arkansas).
Customer Service: 1-800-285-6477 Website: Arkansas Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool