— AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.  On behalf of the more than 800,000 members in the Commonwealth, we thank Governor Baker for signing into law House Bill No. 4806 – An Act Relative to Consumer Protection from Security Breaches. This law, which gives consumers control of their credit reports by allowing them to freeze and unfreeze their credit without paying fees to credit …

— Sign Up for Our Free Online Work and Skills Event Online Career Networking Expo: Spotlight on Part-Time Work and Skills Thursday, January 24, 2019, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET Looking for part-time work? AARP’s Online Career Networking Expo is bringing the employers, the skills and the possibilities of part-time work to you! This free, unique event lets you network with employers online and learn how to improve the skills that can get you noticed. Tune in to expert-led webinars such …

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— Nearly 1 in 3 people approaching retirement age (28%) think they’re more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council. To empower more Americans to take steps to get on track with their savings, AARP and the Ad Council have announced new public service advertisements (PSAs) and resources on AceYourRetirement.org. 7 in 10 Americans (68%) approaching retirement have less than a year’s income saved …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites across North Dakota open in February to help people prepare their 2018 tax returns. This free service is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member to take advantage of the service. IRS-certified volunteers are trained to assist in filing accurate returns and help taxpayers receive all of the benefits, credits, and deductions to which they are entitled. …

— By Natalie Missakian When David Henderson began volunteering for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in the 1990s, he filled out returns by hand and relied on carbon paper for duplicate copies. Now, software and electronic filing have replaced paper returns, but Henderson, 86, of Windsor, is still preparing taxes, and he doesn’t plan to give up this activity anytime soon. “I keep coming back because I really enjoy it,” said Henderson, one of 600 Tax-Aide volunteers in Connecticut—and 35,000 across the United …

— By Sheila Burke When Tom Piech started exploring the idea of offering a 401(k) savings plan for employees of his family’s small, booming online business, he had no idea of the hurdles ahead. The retired pharmacist from Livingston, 67, was familiar with such retirement plans because he’d invested in one himself. But providing one to the 30 workers at Value Pet Supplies was a whole different ballgame. “It took about two years, and I found that it is a very …

— State retirees paid into Social Security throughout their working lives and now count on it to make ends meet. What they don’t appreciate is having to pay state taxes on that vital retirement money. But Utah is one of 13 states that tax Social Security income. AARP Utah is urging legislators to remove at least part of this tax on older residents. Members can press lawmakers on the issue during the 45-day session that starts Jan. 28 and also fight …

— Kansans who aren’t able to put money away for retirement through payroll deductions at work may soon have another way to save. More than 420,000 residents, or about 42 percent of the state’s private-sector workers, don’t have a way to save for retirement through their jobs. AARP Kansas is working with legislators to develop a “work-and-save” program so small businesses can provide employees with professionally managed and easy-to-use investment options. AARP Kansas is asking members to contact their legislators (through …

— By Sue Lindsey After her husband died, Nancy Kampschror, 89, of Falls Church, had two bad experiences with accountants before trying AARP Foundation’s free tax preparation program, Tax-Aide. Since then she has returned for the past 12 years, toting big tins of cookies and candy to thank the volunteers. “You can’t imagine how carefully they do these taxes,” Kampschror said. Tax-Aide preparers found deductions that paid accountants had overlooked. Funded by grants from AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service, …

— By Jill Gambon When she’s doing her grocery shopping, Gail Bielizna often runs into neighbors who ask her questions about income taxes. As a longtime volunteer for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, the South Hadley resident prepares 150 to 200 returns each year as a tax counselor. “It’s really about being part of the community,” said Bielizna, 66, a retired computer programmer. “I enjoy helping people. A lot of older people are really nervous about taxes.” Bielizna is one of …