Look…He’s So Cute…And FREE!!

Look…He’s So Cute…And FREE!!

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Money & Work Welcome back to “Oh NO You Don’t” – our bi-weekly fraud blog post by yours truly, Terri Worman, Associate State Director here at AARP Illinois. FINALLY the weather is feeling more like spring…warmer breezes and sunshine! People are taking those first walks outdoors in neighborhoods and parks all across the country. And inevitably you see perfect strangers exchanging grins and “can I pet ‘em?” questions as they stoop to pet the cutest puppy you ever saw!! Well, sorry to have …

Take Full Advantage of Money Smart Week Illinois!

Take Full Advantage of Money Smart Week Illinois!

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Money & Work Hello there blog denizens! Just a heads up that it’s almost time for Money Smart Week, and there are a lot of sessions worth checking out this year.  First, learn what “Money Smart Week” is all about by checking out this quick and somewhat epic video….   Second, let us tell you about the sessions that we’re a part of this year….   Seminar #1 and #2 – Peoria  “Reverse Mortgages: What are they?” 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. “Frauds & Scams: Keeping Yourself …

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Even though 2013 has come and gone, you can still get a tax break when you file your income tax return. How? By contributing to a Traditional IRA. If you’re self-employed, the same applies to your SEP-IRA or Keogh plan. If you need help filing your taxes, you may qualify for free assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. Read on to learn how. Tax Breaks on IRA Contributions The …

No Scam They Cannot Think Of!!

No Scam They Cannot Think Of!!

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Money & Work Welcome back, Fraud Fighters to the weekly “Oh, NO You Don’t!” blog! Terri Worman with AARP Illinois here… A county sheriff and a chief prosecutor in Illinois set up a hotline number to combat scams against the elderly. Seniors were encouraged to call the hotline and report any suspicious activity, and then the sheriff and prosecutor would personally answer the inquiries as soon as they could. Imagine their disbelief when they figured out that a criminal operating out of Jamaica …

March is Tax Time and Speak Out Month!

March is Tax Time and Speak Out Month!

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Money & Work Happy March and here’s hoping spring is just around the corner! Terri Worman here…your frauds and scams blogger at “Oh NO You Don’t!”  Welcome back – this time around “Tax Identity Fraud” and “Speaking Out!”   For many of us tax season is not exactly our favorite time of year. There’s a lot of paperwork, calculations, and finding those pesky receipts we were sure we had filed away. For some of us the hard work “pays” off, but be aware, criminals …

Spring into Action with a Career Professional

Spring into Action with a Career Professional

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand I often ask job seekers with more than 20 years of experience how they got into their careers. Surprisingly, most say it was by accident. Think about your own experience. Maybe you took a skills assessment or a career survey in high school or college. Or maybe life circumstances factored into your career choice. Perhaps you took what was available at the time, or made your decision based on family obligations. That’s how a lot of …