AATakeCharge is a Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket to Work Employment Network. We are authorized to provide tax-free cash payments to help you explore work.
How it Works
1. How much cash can I receive from AATakeCharge?
You can receive up to $12,000 from AATakeCharge tax free. The money is distributed over a 3-5 year period provided you meet your earning targets.
You must start out earning at least $910 per month for a nine month period. For those first nine months we pay up to $2,400.
To continue triggering work support payments up to the full $12,000 you must increase your earnings to at least $1,260 per month ($2,110 if you are legally blind) and come off of your SSA monthly check (you can stay on your healthcare coverage). If you cannot increase your earnings and go off cash benefits, Work Support Payments will stop.
If you anticipate being able to earn at least $910 per month you SHOULD sign up. TakeCharge provides more Work Support Payments than any other EN in the program.
2. Are there restrictions on how I can spend the Work Support Payments I receive?
Yes. You must spend the cash on products and services that help you remain in the workforce. Examples include transportation costs such as car, taxi, Uber or Lyft, public transportation, tutoring, training or education, child care, health care, including mental health therapy, personal care expenses, computer/cell phone expenses, impairement related work expenses, self-employment, job coaching, and many others. Almost any reasonable expense that will help you remain employed or allow you to advance in your career will qualify.
3. Will the Social Security Administration make Ticket Payments directly to me?
No. The Ticket-to-Work program is structured such that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will only make payments to Employment Networks (ENs) based on the work earnings achieved by the individual beneficiaries assigned to each EN. AATakeCharge shares the SSA Ticket payments with clients.
4. This sounds almost too good to be true. How can I be sure that AATakeCharge will really pay me the Work Support Payments described above?
Call the SSA Ticket-to-Work program at (866) 968-7842 to verify that AATakeCharge has been an approved EN in good standing since 2007.
5. How do I sign up to receive payments from AATakeCharge?
You must have a telephone conversation with one of our advisors before you can assign your ticket to us. Call 1-866-701-1700 between the hours of 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM CT M-F.
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6. Why are my work support payments from AATakeCharge tax-free?
In the IRS Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, under a section titled “Persons with Disabilities”, the IRS states, “you do not include in income the value of goods, services, and cash that you receive, not in return for your services, but for your training and rehabilitation because you have a disability”. The payments AATakeCharge makes to you ARE to assist with your on-going rehabilitation and efforts to remain in the workforce despite the fact that you have a disability.
7. How can I find more information about the Ticket to Work program?
For an overview of the entire Ticket to Work program please visit www.choosework.ssa.gov. To talk with an agent at Ticket to Work who can answer questions about the Ticket to Work program call: 1-866-968-7842.