Scam Alert: Tax Scams are Trending

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

Money & Work Fraud targeting taxpayers continues to run rampant nationwide. Watch out for these two tax crimes making headlines: tax identity theft and the IRS imposter scam. Tax ID Theft What is it? Your personal information is stolen for a fraudulent refund. More specifically, tax identity theft can involve: filing a tax return using another person’s Social Security number, claiming someone else’s children as dependents, or claiming a tax refund using a deceased taxpayer’s information. Your personal information can be stolen in …

AARP Urging Lawmakers to Reduce Taxes on Social Security

Posted on 01/20/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Money & Work Minnesota is only 1 of 7 States that tax Social Security Benefits. Minnesota should follow the lead of most states and Stop Taxing these Benefits. Background: Today with more and more Minnesotans finding it difficult to save for a secure retirement Minnesota should adopt tax policies that reduce or eliminate taxes on Social Security benefits. According to the MN House research department our state is only 1 of 7 states that taxes Social Security Benefits to the extent that they …

AARP URGES LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT CAREGIVERS & FINANCIAL SECURITY IN 2015

Posted on 01/6/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Money & Work ST. PAUL – With the 2015 legislative session underway, AARP’s focus will once again be to support Minnesota’s unpaid family caregivers as well as the more than one million people in our state who are struggling to save for retirement. In order to strengthen the financial security of all Minnesotans, including unpaid family caregivers, AARP is focusing on three key areas this legislative session. Better Training for Family Caregivers –More than 670,000 Minnesotans are caring for an aging parent or …

Caregiving, Savings Plan Top Agenda

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

Money & Work In the 2015 legis​lative session, AARP Minnesota aims not only to support family caregivers, but also to improve access to retirement savings plans and ensure reliable utilities. As in other states, AARP is pressing for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to prepare caregivers to perform medical tasks needed when a patient comes home from a hospital stay. AARP also is urging lawmakers to pass Secure Choice, a voluntary retirement savings plan managed by the state for workers who …

Minnesota’s 50+ Population Driving State Economy

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Money & Work AARP recently released an economic analysis, compiled by Oxford Economics, which sought to quantify the economic impact of American consumers over the age of 50 years of age.  Dubbed the “Longevity Economy” the report looks at the sum of all economic activity serving the needs of Americans over 50 and including both the products and services they purchase directly and the further economic activity this spending generates. In Minnesota, people over 50 contribute to the economy in a positive, outsize …

Fraud Fighter Presentations Available

Posted on 09/20/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work AARP Minnesota invites community groups across the state to schedule a free Fraud Fighter presentation. About 20 volunteer presenters are available to talk about the latest trends in telephone and online scams, unsuitable investments and even theft by family members. Participants can learn how to recognize the tricks con artists use and how to protect themselves from fraud. To request a presentation, email Jay Haapala, AARP associate state director for community outreach, at jhaapala@aarp.org or call him at 651-726-5654.