Be Aware of Tax Identity Theft

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP National | Comments

Uncategorized By: Deborah Banda Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And with tax season upon us, con artists are stealing Social Security numbers to file for fraudulent tax refunds. It’s a big problem. To date, the IRS has identified around 15 million false tax returns alone. For more information on the latest trends in tax identify theft, check out AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. And you can also view targeted information and a special video devoted to tax identity theft awareness …

Larry Saxxon Graduates from AARP Volunteer Leadership Institute

Posted on 02/20/2015 by | AARP California | Comments

Volunteering Larry Saxxon of San Francisco, a member of AARP California’s Executive Council, graduated today from AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute (VLI). This is the third class of VLI, dubbed the “Digital VLI.” It was specially designed to appeal to the new breed of volunteer – those who are tech savvy, younger, and who may still be in the workforce. Larry was one of 33 exceptional volunteers from across the country who completed the course. VLI is a rigorous and innovative training …

Free Tax Preparation and Assistance for Californians

Posted on 02/6/2015 by | AARP California | Comments

Money & Work Are you ready for tax season? Yes, it’s that time of year – and once again, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is here to help. What is Tax-Aide? It’s the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance program. Since 1968, Tax-Aide has helped nearly 50 million taxpayers with federal, state, and local tax returns. In California, almost 3,000 trained and IRS-certified volunteers helped 187,461 taxpayers receive more than $93 million in income tax refunds and nearly $19 million through the Earned …

AARP Presents Donations for Earthquake Recovery

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP California | Comments

Local Resources | Press | Uncategorized AARP donated $35,000 to assist with efforts to rebuild following the American Canyon earthquake in August. California Executive Council member Larry Saxxon presented a contribution of $25,000 to Director Terence P. Mulligan with Napa Valley Community Foundation and $10,000 to Executive Director Elizabeth Hoffman with Rebuilding Together Solano County. The funds are being dedicated to long-term recovery assistance after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Sonoma and Solano counties in Northern California on Sunday, August 24 – the largest earthquake to …

Congratulations Patricia Pérez: New State President

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP California | Comments

About AARP | Volunteering It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Patricia Pérez as California’s new State President and leader of our Executive Council. This position is the top volunteer role in California. Patricia will guide our team of leadership volunteers to shape and execute our organization’s statewide priorities. The appointment was made by Carlos Brandenburg, AARP’s West Region Volunteer Director. Patricia has served as a member of the California Executive Council since May 2013. Well known and respected in the …

How Can Caregivers Get More Support?

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Laura Mecoy Cheryl R. Brown already had nearly a lifetime of caregiving experience when her husband was first diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2002. She began caregiving at age 12, when her grandmother suffered a stroke, and continued to help other relatives over the years. Even with all her experience, Brown, 70, said she sometimes struggles to get the equipment and services needed by her husband, Hardy, 71. “There is no …