Watch out for identity thieves during tax season

Posted on 01/27/2015 by | AARP Michigan | 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 …

AG warns about pension advances

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

Money & Work From Michigan Attorney General’s Office Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today issued a consumer alert through his Corporate Oversight Division cautioning consumers of the high risks associated with pension advances. “Seniors who have worked hard through retirement deserve to know the high risks involved with pension advances,” said Schuette. “I hope pensioners from across Michigan find our Consumer Alert helpful and do their due diligence to read the fine print before considering pension advances.” Pension advances, also known as pension …

Have No Fear: Tax Help Is Here

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Melissa Preddy Don Tinson was leafing through a magazine one evening when he spotted a tiny ad seeking volunteers for AARP’s tax preparation service. The retired automotive engineer thought it sounded like a good cause and signed up. Now, 11 years later, Tinson is a technology specialist for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which last year helped 70,000 Michigan residents prepare their income tax returns at no charge. This month, Tinson and a statewide network of more than 1,000 …

DTE offers home heating tips for winter

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Heating tips from DTE: Last winter’s colder weather resulted in the average customer using 20.5% more natural gas than during the warmer winter of 2012-13. As you prepare for this winter, keep in mind there are two variables that contribute to your bill: the amount of natural gas you use to heat your home and extreme weather conditions, which impact your energy use. For heating tips, go to: dteenergy.com/winter To view energy usage video, click here

Journey from stay-at-home mom to AARP

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work From West Michigan Woman Magazine Jennifer Feuerstein is AARP Michigan’s new associate state director, a position she earned in January 2014. At first glance, she’s a professional, put-together, successful career woman, but there’s much more to her story. In fall 2008, Feuerstein took a leap of faith. A stay-at-home mom with three kids, she filed for divorce from her alcoholic husband to remove herself and her children from an unhealthy environment. At the time, she wasn’t working outside the home; …

Thousands of Michigan veterans hungry for benefit information

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Thousands of Michigan veterans listened in on an AARP tele-town hall that provided details about a wide range of veterans’ benefits.  The hour-long call featured expert information from Robert Price, a retired Army veteran and acting director for targeted outreach with the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  Listen to the Veterans Tele-Town Hall here (Firefox, Google Chrome or other updated browser version required): https://soundcloud.com/markhornbeck/michigan-veterans-teletown-hall-nov-2014    Participants had myriad questions about the complex web of veterans’ benefits and how the rules and …