AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Kicks Off in February

Posted on 01/27/2015 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Money & Work The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is providing free assistance with tax preparation for those with low to moderate income beginning Feb. 2. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, with special attention given to the older population. People do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. “Last year in Arizona, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide assisted thousands of people statewide with their tax preparation,” said Dana Marie Kennedy, …

AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Education Effort

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Money & Work To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the AARP Fraud Watch Network in conjunction with the education campaign to help prevent scammers …

Here’s Help to Avoid Getting Scammed

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Whether the perpetrator uses sugarcoated words or an intimidating shakedown, fraud is an unfortunate reality, and older people are frequently the targets. AARP Arizona’s Fraud Watch Network wants to prepare AARP members to be ready for a scam when it comes knocking. The network is hosting a luncheon seminar on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., featuring three fraud-prevention experts. They will cover how scam artists work and dissect various types of schemes, …

You Can Help Stop Scammers

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Miriam Davidson When an invitation arrived for author and essayist Nancy Mairs to lecture at King’s College London, she was pleased and excited. “I wanted it to be true,” said Mairs, 70, of Tucson. A near-quadriplegic from advanced multiple sclerosis, she examines disability and faith in her writings. Mairs and her husband, George, 73, exchanged several emails and phone calls with a “visiting professor” arranging a conference on “The Mystery of Life and Death.” The professor said the trip …

400,000

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work That’s how many Arizonans were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, almost 300,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.

Free Classes Focus on Getting and Keeping a Job

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Betty Beard • For Debbie Ahrlich, reentering the workforce at 54 means not only updating her résumé but facing fears of a formal interview and creating something she had never heard of, a “30-second elevator speech.” But she said she feels more optimistic after attending the Back to Work 50+ class at a Goodwill of Central Arizona career center in Phoenix. The two-week class updated her computer knowledge and hammered home the importance of skills that people need to get and …