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— Blog post courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service.  WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today offered taxpayers still working on their 2017 taxes a number of tips. These basic tips are designed to help people avoid common errors that could delay refunds or cause future tax problems. As the April 17 deadline approaches, the IRS encourages taxpayers to file electronically. Doing so, whether through e-file or IRS Free File, vastly reduces tax return errors, as the tax software does the …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. A shred event will be held from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Metro Center Mall, located at 3645 U.S. 80 in Jackson. A fraud prevention workshop will start at 11 a.m. that day at Metro Center Mall. Another shred event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on …

—     One of More than 150 Events Nationwide in AARP’s Annual “Operation: Stop Scams” AARP Delaware is a Gold Sponsor of the 55+ Expo on April 18. The event will take place at the Rollins Conference Center at Dover Downs with a premier AARP presence focusing on preventing fraud and scams. Attendees can gain valuable information about current scams and will take away tips and tools for protecting their families from con artists who are out to steal people’s …

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— Kentucky Retirees Pay More State Taxes in 2019 In the final hours of Kentucky’s 2018 General Assembly, AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to hear the voices of Kentuckians and take action to protect retirees. The state office is calling on the General Assembly and Governor Bevin to reject any tax increase on retirement income and restore deductions for medical expenses. AARP Kentucky released a statement calling on the General Assembly and Governor Bevin to reject any changes to the state’s …

— A growing number of people over the age of 50 are known as “encore entrepreneurs,” in that they’re turning their ideas for small businesses into actionable plans. Whether you’re nearing retirement, or retired, or never plan to retire, if you’ve got an idea for small business, you need help from experts. Please join AARP Massachusetts for an upcoming Encore Entrepreneur event Thursday, May 10 in Woburn (details below). The event is free. At the Woburn event, you’ll meet with AARP …

— The last in a series of AARP Black History Month National Town Halls exploring issues of importance to the African American community will come to Detroit on April 24. The free public event – to be held at Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College Auditorium, 259 Mack Ave., Detroit, from 6 to 9 p.m. – will examine financial security issues during Money Smart Week, the week of April 23rd. There will be a reception from 5-6 p.m. The gathering also …

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—  Survey: Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk from Card-Replacement Scams TALLAHASSEE – As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Florida and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Florida is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. Florida’s 4.33 million …

— AARP Arkansas is hosting two important Lunch and Learns regarding utility rates: one in Northwest Arkansas and another in Little Rock. Come have lunch on us and get the latest news about utility rates and utility assistance programs.  A special guest from the Arkansas Attorney General’s office will share information and insight.  Plus, AARP Arkansas will share information about our recent efforts to keep utility rates affordable for residential customers across Arkansas. The cost if FREE for both events, but …

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— As the April 17 deadline for filing nears, your taxes might seem harder and harder to interpret. For those juggling both tax-jargon and more than one language, here is a starter selection of bilingual resources at the statewide and local levels. What do I bring? AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers a 2018 list of materials, available in Spanish and English. Another option, this printable checklist from Community Tax Centers is a great way to visualize what you need for success. At …

— April is tax time, and it’s also a perfect opportunity to get wise about how you spend, save and invest your cash. AARP West Virginia is cohosting a series of educational events during Money Smart Week, April 21-28. Begun by the Federal Reserve Bank in 2002, Money Smart Week is the most comprehensive financial literacy program in the country. The multistate program offers free financial advice for people of all income levels, informing consumers about such things as saving for …