AZ – Veteran Tickets Foundation Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-16T14:02:22+00:00">April 16, 2018</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

Are you an AARP Member? Are You a Veteran? Want to Get Out to More Events Affordably? We HAVE the Answer Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is celebrating their 10-year anniversary as the leading national nonprofit providing free event tickets to the military community. Since 2008, the Tempe, Arizona-based nonprofit has distributed more than 4 million tickets to the military community.  Last year alone Vet Tix distributed more than 1.3 million tickets. These tickets have helped military families to strengthen …

AZ: AARP Community Challenge Grants Are Back in 2018

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-03-23T15:51:31+00:00">March 23, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-03-23T15:52:01+00:00">March 23, 2018</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

AARP Community Challenge Grants Are Back in 2018 Applications are currently being accepted through May 16, 2018 The AARP Community Challenge “quick-action” grant program, which is now accepting applications for 2018, is designed to spark change and improve the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide. We know that great communities take a long time to build and sustain. But we also believe that quick actions can be the catalyst for long-term progress. These grants provide …

AZ: FINDING FIDUCIARY

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-08T15:02:02+00:00">March 8, 2018</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

My family is all dead, and I never married or had children.  I’m about as alone in life as one can be. The new term for that is “elder orphan.”  There are millions of people like me.  And, with roughly 491 baby boomers an hour turning 60, there will be a lot more. The term highlights the dilemma one faces when they need help in managing their health, their finances, and the disposition of their estate.  With no family or …

AZ: If you are managing the finances of a loved one, new resources can help

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-03-05T13:09:13+00:00">March 5, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-03-05T13:09:19+00:00">March 5, 2018</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

  By Naomi Karp, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau   As many as 25 million Americans are managing money or property for a family member or friend who is unable to make financial decisions and pay bills.   In Florida, Hector stepped in to help his elderly mother after a niece stole nearly $100,000 from her. Despite his own severe disability, he works every day to make sure her nursing home bills are paid and her accounts are in order. “When …

AZ: We Honor Nurses, Because They Honor Us

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-12T17:25:56+00:00">February 12, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-12T17:40:28+00:00">February 12, 2018</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

Entering the automatic door of any hospital or medical facility brings anxiety, fear, even sadness.  The smell of ultra-clean surroundings and a player piano producing sounds of hope and tranquility all add to the experience of understanding of what may be coming or what is unexpected. As you enter the hospital elevator, you see the looks of other incoming patients and the feeling is one of mixed emotions.  Sometimes, a nice visitor gives you a smile or tells a joke.  …

AZ Taxpayers Should Protect Data All Year Round

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-02-02T10:30:54+00:00">February 2, 2018</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe from the IRS Anyone with an online presence can do a few simple things to protect their identity and personal information. Following these eight steps can also help taxpayers protect their tax return and refund in 2018: Shop at familiar online retailers. Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a trusted source. Keep a secure machine. Use passwords that are strong, long and unique. Use multi-factor authentication …

Ten IRS Tips For Choosing A Tax Preparer

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-29T16:46:40+00:00">January 29, 2018</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>4 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE IRS It’s the time of the year when many taxpayers choose a tax preparer to help file a tax return. These taxpayers should choose their tax return preparer wisely.  This is because taxpayers are responsible for all the information on their income tax return. That’s true no matter who prepares the return. Here are ten tips for taxpayers to remember when selecting a preparer: Check the Preparer’s Qualifications. Use the IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers …

Bring Utility Rates Down Under New Federal Tax Law

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-23T11:29:30+00:00">January 23, 2018</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

By Dana Kennedy, AARP AZ State Director When President Trump signed a federal tax overhaul into law in December, he set in motion an obligation for utilities to pass on the tax saving to consumers. The corporate tax cuts took effect in January and so there should be no hesitancy now by utility regulators in Arizona to ensure that those big tax breaks are passed along to consumers. The tax overhaul lowers the highest corporate income tax rate from 35 …

Arizona Family Caregiver Tax Credit

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-22T13:41:44+00:00">November 22, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

In 2017 Arizona State Representative Heather Carter proposed HB 2209 “Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit” that would give up to $1,000 tax credit to those family caregivers who pay out of pocket expenses in the service of their loved ones.   The average family caregiver spends nearly $7,000 annually out of their own pocket. Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in Arizona. They help make it possible for older adults and people with disabilities of all ages …

Equifax Breach Could Pose a Danger for Social Security Recipients

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-21T11:03:13+00:00">November 21, 2017</time> by <div class="region-dropdown aarpe-accordion"> <header><span>5 States</span></header> <section><div class="region-list"><span class="region"><a href="https://states.aarp.org/region/arizona/">Arizona</a></span></div></section> </div>

The Equifax breach exposed names, addresses, birthdates and social security numbers of 145 million Americans. This is exactly the information a scammer would need to take advantage of a social security recipient – who hasn’t yet set up their own “My Social Security Account”. Any Social Security recipient who has not already set up their own “My Social Security Account” is advised to do so immediately! In case you are not aware, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides an online …