Ticket to Work FAQ’s
- What is the Ticket to Work Program?
- What is an Employment Network (EN)
- What can LandAjob offer me?
- What is in the searchable database?
- Why is there an 18 month look back at my job history?
- What must I do to become eligible for $10,000 in payments?
- Are there restrictions on how I can spend the $10,000 in Work Support Payments?
- How will Social Security or LandAjob know that I am spending Work Support Payments as intended?
- Sounds almost too good to be true. Can I check with Social Security to confirm this?
- Are there any conditions under which I could assign my Ticket to LandAjob and meet my earning targets and still fail to obtain the $10,000 in Work Support Payments?
- Anything else that LandAjob can do for me?
- Why are the Work Support Payments given to me by LandAjob tax free?
- How do I sign up with LandAjob?
- I have specific questions about the Ticket to Work program, who do I speak to?
- How do I reach a staff person at LandAjob?
1. What is the Ticket to Work Program?
Ticket to Work is an employment support program for Social Security disability beneficiaries who want to go to work and become self-supporting. The Social Security Administration will pay organizations called Employment Networks (ENs) if they provide services to beneficiaries – but only if the beneficiaries actually end up earning at least $780 per month.
2.What is an Employment Network (EN)?
Employment Networks can be a single agent, a partnership, or a group of agents combining resources to serve Ticket-holders. State and local government agencies, schools, corporations, employment agencies, outreach ministries, community organizations, and other agencies may qualify as Employment Networks. Because a variety of Employment Networks offering multiple options participate, Employment Networks determine the services they offer, where, and to whom. Ticket holders are free to choose and work with any Employment Networks of their choice. Ticket holders and Employment Networks then cooperate to help a ticket holder achieve his or her employment goal.
3. What can LandAjob offer me?
LandAjob offers two main benefits:
- A searchable database of over 500,000 job openings that are updated daily.
- Over $9,000 in cash that can be used to purchase goods and services that help you remain in the workforce.
4. What is the searchable database?
Through our partnership with the Direct Employers Association, LandAjob offers information on over 500,000 job openings across the country. You will be able to search by job type, location and requirements. While we urge you to look at any openings in your area that match your skills and interests, federal contractors have a special incentive to hire qualified candidates with disabilities. Companies that are federal contractors will be identified in the database. (click here for more information on the incentives given to federal contractors).
Please note: You do not have to assign your Ticket to LandAjob to search this database. Click here to register and then begin searching immediately.
5. Why is there an 18 month look back at my job history?
“In order to be eligible for Phase 1 milestones, beneficiaries will have their prior 18 months earnings reviewed to see if there were any months in that time frame that their earnings exceeded $780. Please use the link below to open the 18 month earnings calculator worksheet, which once completed will tell you what, if any, Phase 1 Milestones you qualify for. The 18 month look back requirement does not affect your eligibility for Phase 2 Milestones or Outcome payments.” IWP 18 Month Look-Back Worksheet
6. What must I do to become eligible for over $9,000 in payments?
You must assign your Ticket to LandAjob and then go to work and earn more than $780 per month. After the initial payments from LandAjob, you have to earn at least $1,090 per month to continue the payments.
Click here for a Chart giving the amount and schedule of payments.
7. Are there restrictions on how I can spend the $9,000 in Work Support Payments?
Yes. The Ticket Program requires that Work Support Payments be spent on goods and services that help you remain in your job or advance in your career. Examples include: transportation costs such as purchase of a car, car payments, car repairs, gas, bus or train expenses, personal care assistance, business/work related clothing, training/education, job coaching, self-employment expenses, computer/cell phone expenses, child/elder care, health care, or other disability related supports. Almost any reasonable expense that will help you remain employed or allow you to advance in your career will qualify. Please note that food and shelter do not qualify.
Here is a list of some examples of goods and services that are acceptable.
8. How will Social Security or LandAjob know that I am spending Work Support Payments as intended?You can mail, fax or email receipts to LandAjob and we’ll mail you a check.
9. Sounds almost too good to be true. Can I check with Social Security to confirm this?
Yes. You can call the Ticket to Work program at 1-866-968-7842 and verify that LandAjob is a division of NTI which was first approved as an Employment Network in 2006.
10. Are there any conditions under which I could assign my Ticket to LandAjob, meet my earning targets and still fail to obtain over $9,000 in Work Support Payments?
Yes. In order for LandAjob to provide you with Work Support Payments we must collect Ticket Payments for your Ticket from the Social Security Administration. The three major reasons that prevent us fom being able to collect full Ticket payments are:
You fail to send us copies of your pay slips allowing us to prove to Social Security that you are hitting your earnings target.
- You worked in the 18 months prior to assigning your Ticket to LandAjob and earned more than $770/per month in 2014 and $780 per month in 2015 (this would slightly decrease the payments available from your Ticket).
- You assigned your Ticket to another organization prior to assigning it to LandAjob and some of the Ticket payments will go to that first EN.
Most of these issues will only reduce your Work Support Payments, not eliminate them. As long as LandAjob receives Payments from Social Security for your Ticket, we guarantee you can receive Work Support Payments from LandAjob.
11. Anything else that LandAjob can do for me?
Yes. LandAjob staff can provide you advice and counseling as you pursue your career goals and problem solves issues related to your employment. We can refer you to a variety of organizations that can give you information on how work will impact your health care and cash benefits, your legal rights with employers, accommodations, tips on job interviews, resumes, and advice on problems that comes up during your work experience. All this is provided without charge. LandAjob is paid by Social Security ONLY if you succeed in going to work and earning at least $780/month.
12. Why are the Work Support Payments given to me by LandAjob 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 and efforts to remain in the workforce despite the fact that you have a disability.
13. How do I register with LandAjob?
14. I have specific questions about the Ticket to Work program, who do I speak to?
For more detailed information about Social Security's Ticket to Work program call 866-968-7842 to speak to a live agent.
15. How do I reach a staff person at LandAjob?
You can send us an email with your question or concern or call us toll free at: 1-855-245-8991. Please include your phone number and the best time to reach you.
The LandAjob fax line is: 1-857-288-2881.