— If you earned $53,930 or less last year, you could receive a larger refund if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). If you have three or more qualifying children, you could get a maximum credit of up to $6,318. Even if you don’t have children, it could mean up to $510 added to your tax refund. Unlike most deductions and credits, the EITC is refundable. In other words, if you’re eligible, you may get a refund from …

— More than 545,000 Oklahomans could see their electric bills increase an average of $14 a month if regulators approve a $156 million rate hike proposed by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). The utility said it needs to recover more than $625 million already spent on infrastructure and equipment, including about 530,000 smart meters. PSO’s last increase was finalized less than a year ago. AARP Oklahoma encourages consumers to speak out against the new proposal by calling 844-248-8225. The …

— Oklahomans can find out what it takes to start a business at age 50-plus at Encore Entrepreneur events in Tulsa and Durant this month. Experts will explain how to write a business plan and seek start-up capital. The free lunch-and-learn events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa on Thursday, June 22, and the REI Women’s Business Center in Durant on Tuesday, June 27. Space is limited, and registration is required. To …

— Months after helping to defeat what could have been one of the largest utility rate hikes in state history, AARP Oklahoma is gearing up to fight additional proposals to increase rates in 2016. Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) sought a $1.1 billion increase in 2015, but the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) rejected it. If approved, the proposed hike would have raised rates by up to 19 percent by 2019. AARP volunteers played a role in blocking the increase by sending …