Participate in Money Smart Week April 5-12

Participate in Money Smart Week April 5-12

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work  The quality of our lives now and in retirement depends on making the best use of our resources, yet few actively seek out financial information. AARP is working hard to ensure that individuals have the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions and manage their financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being. That’s why we encourage you to participate in Money Smart Week April 5-12. Money Smart Week® is seven days of presentations by community groups, non-profits, financial …

Want to Start or Grow a New Biz After 50?

Want to Start or Grow a New Biz After 50?

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Money & Work Are you over age 50 and ready for a new life challenge? Have you always wanted to start your own business in this phase of your life, but have never known where to begin? We can help. AARP Wisconsin and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are teaming up to hold Encore Entrepreneur mentoring events April 8-9 in Appleton and Sheboygan Falls.  These  events, which are free and open to AARP members and non-members, are designed to provide counseling, mentoring …

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Even though 2013 has come and gone, you can still get a tax break when you file your income tax return. How? By contributing to a Traditional IRA. If you’re self-employed, the same applies to your SEP-IRA or Keogh plan. If you need help filing your taxes, you may qualify for free assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. Read on to learn how. Tax Breaks on IRA Contributions The …

Plan for Your Retirement and a Financially Secure Future

Plan for Your Retirement and a Financially Secure Future

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work By Marie Rohde If the thought of retirement gives you sweaty palms and brings on a major headache, you’re not alone. “We have the tools to help you plan for retirement,” said Lisa Lamkins, federal advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin. “People are hungry for accurate information.” Throughout the year, AARP Wisconsin will hold a series of events focusing on Social Security, pensions and retirement planning. The events will include traditional workshops and telephone town halls as well as “happy hours” …

Spring into Action with a Career Professional

Spring into Action with a Career Professional

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand I often ask job seekers with more than 20 years of experience how they got into their careers. Surprisingly, most say it was by accident. Think about your own experience. Maybe you took a skills assessment or a career survey in high school or college. Or maybe life circumstances factored into your career choice. Perhaps you took what was available at the time, or made your decision based on family obligations. That’s how a lot of …

Need Help Filing Your Tax Returns?

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers can help Wisconsin residents prepare federal and state tax returns. Available through April 15, the free service is geared to low- to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those age 60-plus. There are no age or income restrictions, however, and AARP membership is not required. Last year, more than 850 trained volunteers helped about 67,000 Wisconsinites prepare forms and apply for tax credits and deductions. The volunteers know about changes in state tax law—such as deductions for long-term care …