AARP Tax Aide program offers free tax help

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Money & Work Need help preparing your taxes? From Feb. 1 – April 15, AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program provides free tax preparation help to people with low to moderate incomes. About 175 trained volunteer tax specialists provide service at more than 40 sites throughout Alabama. This free service can answer most tax questions facing low to moderate income tax payers, especially for people 60 years old and older. AARP’s Tax Aide is the largest free tax assistance and preparation service in the country. …

Alabamians will still see high natural gas and electric bills in 2014

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Money & Work In Alabama, electric and gas customers still pay some of the highest bills in the South, while Alabama’s big utilities reap some of the highest allowed profits in the country.  Following nearly a year of informal meetings by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on the rates and profits of Mobile Gas, Alabama Gas, and Alabama Power, the status quo remains with Alabamians seeing little if any relief on their utility bills. Mobile Gas, Alabama Gas, and Alabama Power are monopoly …

Join us at the Mobile Candidate Forum on Oct 21st, to learn where your candidates stand on issues that matter to you

Join us at the Mobile Candidate Forum on Oct 21st, to learn where your candidates stand on issues that matter to you

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Money & Work Please join AARP Alabama, the University of South Alabama and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce as we host your candidates for Congress.  Learn where candidates stand on important issues. The event will be  from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, October 21, at The Mitchell Center, University South Alabama, located at 5950 Old Shell Road | Mobile, AL 36688. The forum is free and open to the public.   Reservations are kindly requested, but not required by calling toll-free to 866-542-8167 …

How to make sure your retirement income will work for you

How to make sure your retirement income will work for you

Posted on 07/20/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand  If you saved, say, 10 percent of your salary for the rest of your working life, do you think that would be enough to get by? The so-called “experts” have long pegged that as the target savings rate, but how would you know whether it would meet your individual needs? There are plenty of calculators out there to will tell you how much money you might have saved by the time you retire; some will even …

AARP Alabama calling for a review of utility rates

AARP Alabama calling for a review of utility rates

Posted on 04/15/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Money & Work Read AARP Alabama State Director Jesse Salinas’ guest op/ed from Sunday’s Montgomery Advertiser in which he asks the Alabama Public Service Commission to review the profit percentage (return on equity) for Alabama’s public utilities. These Alabama  electric and gas companies are allowed to earn a larger percentage of profits than utilities in any other state – and Alabamians are paying for it.  Our gas and electric bills are some of the highest in the South. http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20130414/OPINION/304120027/Alabama-Voices-Jesse-Salinas-Question-your-high-utility-rates?nclick_check=1 (Photo courtesy Flickr Some rights reserved by photonburst) …

Understanding Utility Company Rates of Equity

Understanding Utility Company Rates of Equity

Posted on 03/28/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Money & Work In recent months utility rates have been in the news and on this site, and the term “rate of equity” has been used often. To learn more about the issue, AARP Alabama turned to Alabama native Steve Hill. Hill is a Certified Rate of Return Analyst doing business as Hill Associates in West Virginia. He has testified in more than 275 regulatory proceedings over the past 30 years on cost of capital, financial, economic, and corporate governance issues related to …