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Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

TAA was established under the Trade Act of 1974 to help American workers who lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. It is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and cooperating state employment agencies. The Trade Act has been amended several times since 1974.

If increased competition from imports has contributed significantly to the workers’ unemployment with an employer, a petition for TAA eligibility may be filed by any group of three or more workers of a firm or subdivision of a firm, their union, or their duly authorized representative. The group may petition the U.S. DOL for a determination of eligibility to apply for TAA at

If the U.S. DOL determines that trade import injury has occurred to an employer, it will issue a certification of eligibility so that employees who have been laid off or had their hours reduced may apply for TAA benefits. The benefits available vary depending on when the petition was filed with the U.S. DOL. Information on the benefits available under the different programs can be found by following the links below.

Trade Act of 2002

(Certified petitions filed on or after Nov. 4, 2002, and no later than May 17, 2009)

Trade Adjustment Assistance 2002 (TAA)

Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance 2002 (ATAA)

Trade Act of 2009

(Certified petitions filed on or after May 18, 2009, and no later than Feb. 14, 2011)

Trade Adjustment Assistance 2009 (TAA)

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance 2009 (RTAA)

Trade Act of 2011

(Certified petitions filed on or after Feb. 15, 2011, and no later than Dec. 31, 2013)

Trade Adjustment Assistance 2011 (TAA)

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance 2011 (RTAA)

Trade Act of 2015

(Certified petitions filed on or after Jan. 1, 2014)

Trade Adjustment Assistance 2015 (TAA)

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance 2015 (RTAA)

Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)

The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 extended and modified the expired Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC). The HCTC is a federally funded tax credit that allows individuals to pay only a portion of their qualified health insurance. The HCTC helps make health coverage more affordable for eligible individuals and their families by paying a significant portion of qualified health insurance premiums. HCTC can now be claimed for coverage through 2019. For more information, visit