IRS Tax Scams — Beware!

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

Money & Work Scam Alert: Tax ID Theft & Fraud 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. …

AARP Speaks out on Vermont Gas System Pipeline Cost Overrun: Are Regulators Watching out for Ratepayers?

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Money & Work “Today we learned of yet another significant cost overrun on the Vermont Gas Systems Phase 1 pipeline project to the tune of $33 million. This comes on top of a $35 million increase announced this summer. AARP Vermont is calling on Vermont’s Dept. of Public Service and the Public Service Board to give close scrutiny to today’s announcement since it is current ratepayers in Chittenden and Franklin Counties that will be footing the bill. The public deserves to know what …

Season’s Cheatings! Get Wise to Holiday Shopping Scams

Posted on 12/12/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Money & Work Black Friday has kicked off the official holiday shopping season, so here’s a rundown of the most common scams aimed at shoppers — and how you can avoid them: The name game Scammer-run websites use the names of popular items and retailers to steal credit card and password information or deliver malware. You’re led to them when you do online keyword searches, including terms like “discount toys.”  Top Seasonal Scams to Avoid Search away to compare prices, but before you click on …

Have you saved enough to cover health care costs?

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Money & Work Today, AARP released a new survey that says more than half of working Americans over age 50 (55%) don’t think they’ll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. While Medicare only covers about half of health costs, four in ten (38%) say they haven’t saved anything at all for such expenses even though multiple studies show that these costs often reach more than $200,000 for a retired couple. AARP also found that …

AARP Live Returns August 21st with Conversation on Scams

Posted on 08/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Money & Work  Con artists are working overtime to steal your personal information but you can learn how to protect yourself. Watch AARP Live Thursday, August 21st at 10 p.m. ET. We’ll hear from long-time AARP employee Sally Hurme whose husband Art was the victim of the Imposter Scam – also known as the Grandparent Scam. We’ll also talk about the Jury Scam, the AARP Medical Device Scam and showcase how state offices around the country are helping AARP members protect themselves from …

No 401(k)? You Have Options

Posted on 08/11/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Money & Work Are you working for an employer that doesn’t offer a 401(k)-type retirement savings plan? This can be a real worry for millions of working Americans, who fear they can’t effectively save for retirement without a 401(k).   The good news is you still can save for retirement and work toward self-sufficiency when it comes time for you to stop working. And it’s easier than you may think.   AARP offers a variety of resources to help you plan for your …