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— During the 2016 election, AARP’s top national priority is updating Social Security to keep the 80-year-old program going strong. AARP Wisconsin has trained dozens of advocacy volunteers to lead discussions about Social Security and the options Congress has on the table to keep the program solvent. The volunteers are ready to host local listening sessions to hear from AARP members on the issue. “These presentations offer accurate and timely information,” said Lisa Lamkins, AARP Wisconsin advocacy director. “The choices we …

— Social Security is becoming even more important in Georgia and throughout the country. Employer pensions are vanishing. The cost of health care and other necessities keeps going up. Yet more people than ever may live into their 80s, 90s and beyond, with limited means to pay the bills. If our leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up $10,000 a year. That’s why AARP’s Take A Stand campaign is calling on the major networks to push the candidates much harder …

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— AARP North Carolina launched its’ 2016 election accountability campaign called Take a Stand demanding on behalf of all voters that the Presidential and Congressional candidates clearly state their plans to update Social Security. According to AARP North Carolina President Robert Palombo, “Social Security is a vital part of our retirement security and is among the priority issues for older voters.” The most recent Social Security Trustees Report projects program costs to rise by 2035 so that current Social Security taxes …

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— You’ve paid into Social Security year after year and deserve to know how the candidates would keep it strong for us, our kids and grandkids. Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century so we can keep the promise for future generations. If someone thinks they’re ready to be President, they should at least be able to tell us their plans to keep Social Security strong. Across the country and in Kentucky, the new AARP campaign “Take a …

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— By Alan Edwards, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s leap year and that means one thing — you can add one extra calendar day to your February schedule. Many people are preparing for the upcoming elections. Others might be getting a jump on spring cleaning. What will you do with your extra day? You could use a few of your extra minutes to check out what Social Security offers at  www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. There, you can: Apply for retirement, disability, and other …

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— By John Hishta, AARP I will never forget attending my first political debate. It was in Philadelphia, way back in the 1980s, and the two major candidates for vice president were squaring off. I was a college Republican attending Penn State University and was lucky to get a seat. While I don’t remember much of what was said, I recall it was a real exchange of ideas. Yes, there were personal attacks and some personal questions. But the moderators pushed the candidates …

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— We hope you are considering caucusing on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at 7:00pm. Find a caucus location near you: Caucus locations for the Colorado Democratic Party Caucus locations for the Colorado Republican Party   If you caucus, we need your help to elevate the issue of Social Security in your precinct. Talk to your precinct captain about offering this Social Security platform resolution: “We support making Social Security financially sound for current and future generations.” Social Security is a promise that’s …

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— Consumers need to be extra cautious if they receive an email seeming to be from the Social Security Administration. Not only are fraudulent emails with malicious links offering “new features” to monitor finances floating around, but new emails urging consumers to create a My Social Security account are making the rounds. The Social Security Administration has issued an alert on their site to be on the lookout for email phishing and AARP Illinois is helping to warn people of the new scam. …

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— By Alan Edwards, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s that time of year again: time to start preparing to file your taxes. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of the documents you will need when filing your federal income tax return is your Social Security Benefit Statement (Form SSA-1099). Your Social Security benefits may be taxable. This includes monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. About one-third of people receiving Social Security benefits must pay taxes on some of these …

Presidential Candidates: Accountability Effort on Social Security

— AARP has launched the 2016 election accountability campaign called Take a Stand, which demands on behalf of all voters that Presidential candidates take a stand on their plans to update Social Security. AARP expects every presidential candidate to lay out their plans to make Social Security financially sound so current and future generations can receive the adequate benefits they’ve earned. “Our members and voters of all ages believe that having a plan to ensure Social Security is strong for future …