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—   Recognize a stellar volunteer in your community. The AARP Arizona State Office is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is June 2. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your online nomination. Thank you for submitting an online nomination. More About the Andrus Award …

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— AARP is pleased to share with you our new pension resource, Understanding Public Pensions: Guide for Elected Officials, authored by AARP and the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. (http://bit.ly/2pOER0X) The purpose of this guide is to provide key facts about public pensions, including how they operate to meet the needs of employers, employees, and taxpayers, alike. The guide also discusses the important role policymakers play in making sure their state and local pension plans are well designed and …

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— We are very excited to announce the launch of AARP Arizona Hispanic Connection, a radio-social media platform. This platform will convene community thought leaders to educate on relevant issues (such as history, health, education, money, and other), celebrate Latino accomplishments (academically, politically, business, arts), and connect Hispanics of all generations. We recently held stakeholders meetings and identified a good number of issue experts that are ready to share valuable information. We also learned that many recognition events take place throughout …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— By Miriam Davidson Lam Q. Bui, 65, has worked hard to build his Phoenix-based, family-owned Complete Print Shop from one worker in 1979—himself—to a thriving business with 36 employees. Many of Bui’s workers have been with him for 15 years or more. “Mostly they do have some savings; they are pretty stable,” he said of his staff. But he is unable to provide them with a company retirement plan. “I can’t afford it,” he said. Bui, one of the “boat …

AARP works to fight to keep electric costs down
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— APS is currently asking for approval to impose higher residential electric rates; a near doubling of the fixed charge portion of monthly basic rate plan electric bills, and imposing restrictions on rate plan choices for new customers. You don’t let the cell phone company pick your rate plan. So you wouldn’t want APS to either – especially if it restricts your choices for 90 days. These complicated proposals are included in a Settlement Agreement now before the Arizona Corporation Commission.  …

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— IRS to use Private Debt Collectors for Overdue Taxes Those Affected Will Hear First From the IRS By Linda Vitale – Lead Trainer and Educator AARP Arizona Fraud Watch Network   Starting April 2017, the IRS will use private-sector collection agencies to recover overdue unpaid tax debt. Affected taxpayers will ALWAYS first receive an IRS letter and a copy of Publication 4518 “What You Can Expect When the IRS Assigns Your Account to a Private Collection Agency” before they actually transfer …

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— Saddlebrooke Masters Club Swim Team Competes in Arizona State Masters Swim Club Championship by Rodger Bivens     On April 8th and 9th, 2017, The Saddlebrook Masters Swim Club team competed in the Arizona State Masters Swim Club Championship that was held in Goodyear, Arizona at the YMCA pool.  Some 60 plus men and women competed over the two days in both individual events and relay events.  This meet was perhaps the most important meet of the year, since it …

— Eager to do a spring cleaning of old financial statements as tax season winds down? If so, be careful when disposing of such documents. Arizonans filed nearly 9,000 complaints of identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission in 2016. Consumers can fight back against fraud by destroying sensitive paperwork. As part of a national AARP effort called Operation Stop Scams, AARP Arizona is sponsoring three free shredding events this month—in Prescott, April 21; Oro Valley, April 22; and Phoenix, April …