— Thousands of older Nebraskans qualify for a break on their property taxes but may not know it. AARP Nebraska urges homeowners age 65 plus to take a close look at the state homestead exemption before June 30 to find out if they are eligible for relief. “Property taxes are considered by many retirees in Nebraska to be the most burdensome tax,” said Connie Benjamin, state director of AARP Nebraska. “Over the years, AARP has successfully pushed for changes in the …

— Nebraskans 18 and older say state legislators should strengthen consumer protections from payday lenders, a recent AARP survey found. Nebraska is one of 38 states that allow payday lending. These small, short-term loans typically are due in full on the borrower’s next payday. Borrowers who can’t pay the balance must renew the loan—perhaps repeatedly, incurring additional fees each time. Under current state law, payday lenders can charge as much as 461 percent in interest annually. More than two-thirds of survey …

— From Feb. 1 through April 18, AARP Foundation provides free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially people age 50 and older who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, …

— AARP is urging state lawmakers to conduct a legislative study on how to improve retirement savings prospects for Nebraskans. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, just 48 percent of private sector employees in Nebraska were enrolled in a retirement plan in 2012, a decline from 55 percent in 2000. State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue introduced LB 79, the Small Business Retirement Marketplace Act, to provide small business employees with access to retirement plans. Due to the cost …

— Nebraskans age 18-plus believe that it is important to strengthen consumer protection laws to prohibit excessive annual interest rates for payday loans, according to a new AARP statewide survey of 950 Nebraska residents. Additionally, Nebraskans believe that the very high annual percentage rates payday lenders in the state can charge consumers should be capped or limited. In the report released today, more than three-fourths (77 percent) of Nebraskans age 18 and older support changes in state law to prohibit annual …

— AARP has released a new analysis showing Nebraska’s economy is at risk of losing $2 billion and 12,672  jobs if no action is taken by future Presidents and Congress to update Social Security for future generations. According to the Social Security Trustees’ report, Social Security benefits could be cut by nearly 25 percent after 2034 if no action is taken. Such an across-the-board cut represents a looming threat to Nebraska’s economy.  Yet the presidential candidates rarely talk about Social Security …

— By Rebecca DeNell “It’s a promise that’s been kept for generations. You pay into Social Security, you get the benefits you earned. But to keep that promise for future generations, Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century. If our leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up $10,000 a year. Every year our leaders wait and do nothing, finding a solution grows more difficult.” – AARP Our first ever Take A Stand Community Engagement Art Installation Event …

— Thousands of Nebraskans will have the opportunity to make their voices heard on what Social Security means to them and their loved ones during Older Nebraskans Day at the Nebraska State Fair on Sept. 1. AARP’s national Take A Stand campaign is focused on pressing presidential and congressional candidates to show leadership on Social Security. New analysis conducted by AARP shows that 1.1 million Nebraska workers stand to lose 25 percent of their benefits after 2034 if the President and …

— New analysis conducted by AARP shows that 1.1 million Nebraska workers who are paying into Social Security today stand to lose 25 percent of their benefits if the President and Congress don’t act. While the revenue shortfall faced by the Social Security system that could result in cuts is not imminent, in June, the Social Security Trustees reported that the trust fund would run dry in 2034. After that time, across-the-board cuts of nearly 25 percent would take effect if …

— AARP is on the move in Lincoln this fall! Get to know us better and what we’re doing in your backyard. Check out the opportunities below and register today. Space is limited! Prepare for Your Retirement SCC Continuing Education Auditorium 301 S 68th St Place Tuesday, August 30 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. COST:  FREE Register here or call 1-877-926-8300. Learn more about getting the most out of your hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits so that you can make …