Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Conference

Posted on 03/12/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Community | Events | Local Resources | Money & Work The AARP Fraud Watch Network can help you spot and avoid fraud so you can keep your hard-earned money. Join us and hear from local experts as we reveal the secrets of con-artists and provide you with tools and resources you need to protect yourself from fraud and scams. Fight fraud today and protect your friends, family and you. The Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Conference is scheduled March 18th in Grangeville from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free lunch …

Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Finances 50+ | Home & Family Property taxes can be burdensome to people living on fixed incomes, and consumer advocates are concerned that more than half of Idahoans eligible for tax relief fail to apply. AARP Idaho is urging qualified citizens not to leave money on the table. The state offers property tax reductions ranging from $150 to $1,320 for people whose income is below $29,100, and who also are widowed; who are over age 65; who are former hostages, prisoners of war or other qualified …

Is your online sweetheart a scammer?

Posted on 02/9/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Money & Work As lovers and those looking for love prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network releases new tips on how you can protect yourself from scammers from taking aim at your heart and pocketbooks. Scamming thousands of men and women each year – most over age 40 – romance swindles consistently make Top Scams lists, including those of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov). The average per-victim loss is $10,000, according to MoneyGram. Other Valentine’s Day cons include: …

Be Aware of Tax Identity Theft

Posted on 02/3/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Money & Work 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. And you can also view targeted information and a special video devoted to tax identity theft awareness at www.aarp.org/scamalert.   The Warning Signs How do you know if you’re a victim of tax identity theft? If someone files …

Idaho ranks 43 in identity theft complaints – Protect yourself

Posted on 01/29/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Money & Work To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network launches an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video (see below), a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Idaho ranks 43 in ID theft complaints. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by …

Tax-aide provides free tax assistance and preparation starting February 1st 2015

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

Money & Work | Volunteering AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers across Idaho through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. In 2014, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 36,000 volunteers at more than 5,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained …