Check Out Where the Candidates Stand

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources If you haven’t already cast your vote in the 2014 elections, be sure to check out the AARP Voter’s Guide to find out where Kansas candidates stand on issues that are important to those 50 and older.  The topics to which candidates were asked to provide a response include Caregiving, Medicare, Social Security and Financial Security. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you vote. In 2012, 56% of the vote in Kansas was …

Do You Enjoy Helping Others?

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources Will You Volunteer for Tax-Aide? What started out as a program with just four volunteers in 1968, has now grown to a program with more than 35,000 volunteers nationwide in 2014. That program is the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program—the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The program serves taxpayers with low to moderate incomes, giving special attention to the older population. Here in Kansas, 385 Tax-Aide volunteers across the state helped more than 30,000 Kansans file their federal …

A Majority of Americans Haven’t Practiced Emergency Preparedness

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources   America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign offers specific actions to prepare for a disaster A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years. Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency is the message of the America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide grassroots campaign for action to …

Making Your Car “Fit” You

Posted on 05/15/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources Does your car “fit” you?  That is something Kansans who live in or near Topeka and Salina will be able to find out in May when the CarFit program is offered in their communities.   CarFit is a free educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association to help address safety concerns, especially among older drivers.   Although older drivers are the demographic group with the …

AARP Tax-Aide Sites Open for Business

Posted on 02/7/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45thyear, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. “Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers here in Kansas, we are able to help …

Changes in Kansas Tax Laws

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources Submitted by Steve Robbins, AARP Kansas State Tax-Aide Coordinator Significant Changes to Kansas Tax Law Starting for tax year 2013 there are two significant changes to tax law that may impact many low to moderate income taxpayers. Food Sales Tax Credit : The previous Food Sales Tax Refund has become a non-refundable credit.  It can only be used to offset state income taxes you owe.  The maximum credit is $125 per exemption.  As in previous years, a taxpayer must have …