Why Taxpayers Should Worry About the Next 4 Weeks

Posted on 01/26/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

As the time to file taxes quickly approaches, scammers are presented with a month-long opportunity that could result in identity theft or tax fraud. Now, more than ever, is a crucial time for taxpayers.   Identity Theft Documents needed in order to file taxes for 2015 should begin arriving in mailboxes because employers have to mail W-2 and 1099 forms by January 31, though banks and brokerage firms may have later deadlines. Since these documents contain your Social Security number …

Thousands More Eligible for SNAP Benefits

Posted on 01/13/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

In addition to a string of laws and amendments going into effect at the start of the New Year, the SNAP gross income limit in Illinois increased from 130 percent to 165 percent of the federal poverty level. This means an estimated 40,000 low-income working families will be eligible for SNAP benefits. SNAP is a federal program that combats food insecurity and poverty, allowing participants to spend money on nutritionally valued food that they wouldn’t have the chance to purchase …

Illinois Drivers No Longer Receiving Plate Renewal Notices In the Mail

Posted on 01/11/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

In response to Illinois’ current budget impasse, the Illinois Secretary of State is no longer mailing license plate renewal notices to Illinois drivers. Failure to renew ones license plate on time can leave drivers with a $20 late fee or a $120 traffic ticket should they be pulled over with expired plates. Illinois drivers have the option to sign up to receive email reminders when their plates are about to expire to avoid fees and tickets. In addition to no …

Can Eating a Certain Way Help Protect Your Brain From Memory Loss?

Posted on 01/10/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Last month, Dr. Maraganore explained the theory of the Mediterranean diet, and how it can be incorporated into food choices during the holidays; in Part 2 of this series, he discusses details behind recent research which indicate the impact of a Mediterranean diet on brain health. Last year, an estimated 47 million people were living with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. That number is expected to triple by 2050. Historically, neurologists have focused on treating and managing the disease …

That Time of Year: Tax-Aide to the Rescue

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Lisa Bertagnoli For 28 years, Mary Anne Stewart, of Rock Island, has spent a big chunk of her spring doing tax returns. What could easily be a circle of hell for some people is satisfying for Stewart, a retired librarian with an MBA. Her work, as a volunteer and district coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Illinois, “always reminds me that the world is made up of all different types of people, with different problems,” said Stewart, …

AARP Illinois Survey Shows 50+ Population Overwhelmingly Reject Retirement Income Tax

Posted on 12/17/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

The rising cost of essential necessities, including groceries, utilities, and health care, combined with the increasing fiscal burden created through higher taxes, are growing concerns for millions of Illinoisans, especially for older and retired Illinoisans living on fixed incomes. As countless Illinois households struggle to make ends meet, an overwhelming majority of Illinoisans aged 50 plus have come out in strong opposition to the prospect of a new tax on retirement income to fix the state’s ongoing budget crisis. AARP …