Protect your heart, and your wallet. Tips to avoid Valentine’s Day scams.

Posted on 02/9/2015 by | AARP Montana | 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 Montana | 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 …

Montana ties for spot 40 in identity theft complaints – Protect yourself

Posted on 01/30/2015 by | AARP Montana | 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), Montana tied with Kentucky at spot 40 in ID theft complaints. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the …

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

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

Money & Work | Volunteering AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers across Montana 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 and …

Watch Michele’s Story to find out why we need a “Healthy Montana Plan”

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

Advocacy Watch Michele’s Story to find out why we need to extend health care to more Montanans and then tell your legislator to pass a Healthy Montana Plan! Expanding health coverage in Montana means financial security for thousands of Montanans, including 9,000 veterans, and hardworking families who are struggling in jobs without health benefits. It also means $5.4 billion in federal funds to our state’s economy in the next 6 years. Montana is currently missing out on $1.96 million each day …

AARP Names New State Director in Montana

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP Montana | Comments

About AARP Tim Summers brings an experienced voice and a new commitment to the position Helena, Mont., Jan. 16, 2015 – AARP has named Tim Summers to be its new State Director in Montana, replacing Bob Bartholomew, who retired after more than 15 years in the post. “Tim has the management and leadership skills necessary to ensure that the AARP Montana State Office remains a vital advocate for Montanans over 50 as well as their families,” said Ralph Yaniz, regional vice president …