Reporting Wages to the Social Security Administration
If you are working with an individual who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and they have returned to work, it is important for the individual to report their wages to the Social Security Administration. By not reporting wages, a beneficiary may lose benefits or be in an overpaid by Social Security. Timely reporting of income is the best way to prevent a potential overpayment. Download a new fact sheet created by NDI, Wage Reporting Fact Sheet for SSA Disability Beneficiaries that provides individuals information on how and when to report wages.
Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014 by President Barack Obama, following overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress. The bill represents the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system, including adult literacy and vocational rehabilitation programs. WIOA ensures the American Job Center system is job-driven, emphasizes career pathways and training credentials, and incorporates regional planning and service coordination. The bill also emphasizes workforce services for individuals with disabilities, establishes an Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, and adds financial literacy services to the American Job Center system. Information and updates are available on the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration's WIOA Resource Page at www.doleta.gov/WIOA.
Taxes and Tax Preparation
Free Tax Filing Resources Available to Eligible Taxpayers Through Oct. 15
If you or someone you know is one of the more than 12 million U.S. taxpayers who filed extensions this year, free tax filing and preparation is still available through the final Oct. 15, 2014, IRS tax deadline. The online service – MyFreeTaxes.com – offered by the MyFreeTaxes partnership (Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way) is still open for business through Oct. 15. Taxpayers earning $58,000 or less in 2013 can file both their federal and state taxes completely free on MyFreeTaxes.com. The MyFreeTaxes helpline 1-855- My-Tx-Help (1-855-698-9435) and online chat and email support are also available to answer questions from individuals filing through MyFreeTaxes.com. Visit MyFreeTaxes.com for more information and to file today.
Online Money Management Tools
Online money management tools help individuals manage their money, pay down debt and achieve long-term goals. These online tools allow individuals to keep track of their spending, provide reminders when bills are due, and offer alerts when an individual’s credit card limit has reached the maximum limit. There are a wide variety of online money management tools. Download our Top Picks for Online Money Management Tools handout.
Assistive Technology as an Asset-Building Strategy
Assistive technology is defined as any device that maintains or enhances the functional capabilities of a person with a disability. Assistive technology may be used for independent living, education and/or employment. The use of assistive technology is considered an asset-building strategy as it often allows individuals to enhance their independence, advance employment status and build credit through Assistive Technology loans. For more information on assistive technology, visit www.ataporg.org.
Learn more on the impact of assistive technology [video].
House Ways and Means Committee Holds Congressional Hearing on ABLE Act
On July 31st, the House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously to report H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, out of Committee – one step closer to an up or down vote by the entire U.S. House of Representatives.
To date, the ABLE Act enjoys broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Currently, the bill has 364 House cosponsors and another 74 cosponsors in the Senate.
Learn more about the ABLE Act.
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