Michigan retirement benefit tax summarized

Posted on 10/16/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work   There were a host of state income tax changes for Michigan seniors that started in  2012, including new taxes on retirement benefits. AARP Michigan opposed the pension tax because we believe it is a hardship for many seniors on fixed incomes and we thought it was unfair to assess a new levy on pensions after retirement decisions were made based on the tax-free status. Beginning on January 1, 2012, pension and retirement benefits became subject to Michigan income tax for many recipients. Michigan law now …

‘Reimagine Work’ in Grand Rapids brings changing workplace into focus

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Hear from industry leaders on how to seize opportunities that keep you in a job and help continue to enhance your professional success at “Reimagine Work” from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Western Michigan University Conference Center, 200 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. Keynote speaker will be Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s Today Show. She will be joined by a panel of business people. The discussion will focus on this question: Your next 20 years of …

State to host Reinventing Retirement events on Oct. 20

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work From Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services LANSING – This fall Michigan residents will have better tools and information to help plan for retirement, thanks to numerous financial, insurance, community and non-profit organizations coming together to help launch Reinventing Mi Retirement. AARP Michigan is a gold sponsor. “The response we received from our sponsors and supporters to make Reinventing Mi Retirement a reality was phenomenal,” said Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Director Ann Flood. “I can’t …

Double Up Food Bucks program stretches food dollars in 3 Michigan cities

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work AARP Foundation is teaming up with Fair Food Network to spread the word about Fair Food Network’s statewide SNAP incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks. Through a volunteer effort in grocery stores in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, we aim to increase participation in Double Up—especially among older adults.  Through volunteer outreach and nutrition education in in grocery stores, AARP Foundation volunteers will encourage older adults who use the Bridge card to enroll in Double Up Food bucks. This …

AARP seeks Tax-Aide volunteers in 36 Michigan counties

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work LANSING, MI —AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteer tax-preparers in 36 counties across Michigan to help residents who need assistance preparing and filing their 2014 returns.  The time commitment is about 10 hours for training and several hours each week from February 1 to April 15 doing counseling and tax return preparation. The volunteer prepares tax forms, answers questions and explains the return to the taxpayer, who is responsible for …

‘Comedy Cop’ tells his fascinating Life Reimagined story

Posted on 08/6/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Dwayne Gill is Michigan’s own Life Reimagined story. The irrepressible 50-year-old Detroit native is a Michigan State Police officer who is nearing retirement. But like a growing number of new retirees, he doesn’t intend to fade quietly into the sunset. He has a fascinating plan for his “what’s next.” Known around the state as “The Comedy Cop,” Gill doubles as a stand-up comic, who has opened for such entertainers as Aretha Franklin and Tim Allen. When he hangs up his gun …