Participant Resources

ABLE Accounts

ABLE Accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. Learn more through the ABLE National Resource Center. In an ABLE Account, the beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the account owner will not be taxed.  At the ABLE National Resource Center numerous videos provides information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund. Learn more about the EITC.

Social Security Disability Benefits Policy and Information Updates from SSA

Stay up to date on announcements and resources from the Social Security Administration by opening the links below.

Job Search Tip: Using Social Media

Are you new to LinkedIn or considering setting up a profile on LinkedIn’s professional social network as part of your job search? Creating a profile that highlights your experience and skills may help you as you look for work.

Social Security has a blog series posted to learn how to set up a strong LinkedIn profile and start connecting with professional colleagues and contacts.

Read “An Introduction to LinkedIn for tips on getting started.

Timely Progress Review Guidelines

While your Ticket is assigned, Social Security will contact you to see if you are making progress; this is called a Timely Progress Review. It is important to understand what Social Security defines as progress.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any device or adaptive equipment that helps people achieve independent and productive lives, including employment. Through the Assistive Technology Act, there are programs that demonstrate AT, provide new or re-used AT and/or offer Alternative Financing loans that are an affordable way for people to purchase assistive technology that best meets their needs. To find your state AT loan program and resources go to: AT Loan Program.

Free Tax Prep and Filing Options

Are you familiar with Free Tax Preparation?  Many people are eligible for this service. Start filing your taxes for free from a variety of sources. Learn more about Free Tax Preparation. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax help to people who qualify. To find a nearby VITA site go to irs.gov and enter “free tax prep” in the search box or use the IRS smartphone app to find a free tax prep provider.

Need a checklist to prepare for your taxes? View: Tax Preparation Checklist at MyFreeTaxes.

Job Accommodations

If you have a question about workplace accommodations, disclosing your disability or the ADA: visit visit the Job Accommodation Network. This public resource is where you can learn about how to make a request, when to disclose a disability, and accommodation ideas.

A new product, the Mobile Accommodation Solution app, is now available in the app store for iOS. This app helps workplace accommodation requests throughout the employment lifecycle. Employers can track the status of requests, access fillable forms, and store, print, and export records into enterprise information systems.

Social Security Red Book

The Social Security Red Book is a reference about the available work incentives for Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI programs.

Wage Reporting to Social Security

Social Security offers online wage reporting service to people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and to “concurrent” beneficiaries (people who receive both SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)).  The online wage reporting service is through creating an account at mySocialSecurity. The wage reporting service makes it easier to report your work and wages online from your computer or mobile device. SSA has a new informational video to explain how you can report earnings online. Read more about the advantages of online reporting.

Questions? Read these Q&A’s on Wage Reporting for Beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Programs from the WIPA National Training and Data Center.

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