Public Benefits and Work Supports
Working toward Financial Stability
Sometimes having a disability interrupts people’s progress towards their financial goals when they experience a loss of consistent income or a reduction of income. A return to employment and the utilization of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) work supports can help beneficiaries maximize their income, allowing them to regain a focus on reaching their financial goals. Beneficiaries, who are interested in working and have goals towards financial stability, can explore their personal options for reaching those goals by meeting with a Work Incentive Planning Assistant (WIPA). Visit the Ticket to Work website to find local WIPA services.
The U.S. Department of Labor released the ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit in October 2015 to introduce employers, workers and the workforce system to the benefits of apprenticeship. Registered apprenticeship is a proven workforce strategy that is further promoted through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The toolkit includes the following: online tutorials introducing apprenticeship resources and model programs; an apprenticeship assessment and planning tool; guidance on how to find apprenticeship partners in your local area; and case studies of successful apprenticeship programs, among other information to help employers implement an apprenticeship program.
Taxes and Tax Preparation
Fighting Back against Identity Theft
Identity theft places a burden on its victims and presents a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. The IRS combats tax-related identity theft with an aggressive strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. If you become a victim, the IRS is committed to helping you resolve your case as quickly as possible. Learn how you can safeguard your personal, financial and tax data.
Guiding Clients to Credit Education
Building Credit for Better Assets
ABLE National Resource Center Launches Website
On March 1, 2016, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC), founded and managed by NDI, launched its inaugural website: ABLENRC.org. The ANRC website offers important information regarding the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014, a law which allows eligible individuals with disabilities and their families to open tax-advantaged accounts for disability-related expenses. Resources on the website include general information about the ABLE Act; state specific information related to implementation and program characteristics; archived webinars and informational videos.
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