— Social Security is a fixture in the lives of many Americans, including many Texans. With the 83rd anniversary of its creation upon us, now is a good time to take a look at the impact Social Security has on Texans today. Aug. 14 marks the anniversary of the enactment of the Social Security Act of 1935. The old-age insurance included in the original law was later expanded to include survivor and disability insurance, becoming in total what’s now often referred …

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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 …

— If you haven’t filed your income-tax return yet and need some help, don’t worry – free, qualified assistance is available near you. The AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Program offers no-cost services to low- and moderate-income Texans at hundreds of locations for help in preparing and filing federal tax returns. Bart Hatfield, an AARP volunteer who oversees the Tax-Aide program as its western regional coordinator in Texas, said people don’t need to be AARP members to participate, so the program sees a …

— By Enrique Rangel Haven’t filed your tax return yet? Well, there’s free help nearby from thousands of trained AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers. “We do mainly low-income people and the elderly,” said Bart Hatfield, 73, a retired chemical engineer who lives in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land. Volunteers emphasize that the service is available to all but does not include preparation of business or complex returns. A Tax-Aide volunteer since he retired in 2001, Hatfield oversees the western region of …

— In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) was presented today a Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Representative Parker authored and fought for successful passage of legislation – House Bill 3921 – that seeks to protect older Texans from financial exploitation. HB 3921 gives financial institutions greater authority to stop suspicious banking transactions on behalf of clients age 65 and older. The legislation, which was signed into law by …

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— Texans who have lost their homes due to damage from Hurricane Harvey could be eligible for special federal disaster assistance. In addition, Texans with federally backed mortgages who were already at risk of losing their homes for financial reasons before Harvey struck are getting a temporary reprieve from foreclosure. The Department of Housing and Urban development announced last week a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures on loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for people in the counties that have …

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— By Gary Strauss As Texas begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey, some of the state’s residents and businesses will receive temporary tax relief. Texans in 18 counties affected by the storm will have until Jan. 31, 2018 to file federal personal and business tax returns that otherwise would be due between Aug. 23 and January 2018. Federal tax payments originally due starting last week — including the Sept. 15 and Jan. 16, 2018 deadlines for quarterly estimated tax payments — will …

— By Callie Jones Providing low-income older adults with counseling and other assistance is a passion of mine. It’s also what I do as a social worker when I’m not also interning at AARP Texas. I’ve come to realize there’s a lifeline for many older people, and it’s Social Security. Social Security is what keeps food on the table for many of the clients I serve. The clients I’ve worked with struggle to make ends meet, and they count on Social …

— With the scheduled end of the 2017 Texas legislative session approaching, AARP continues to fight for passage of several bills that aim to improve nursing home quality, ease the stress of family caregivers, protect older Texans from financial exploitation, and help consumers avoid and respond to surprise medical charges. Here’s a brief overview of some of the issues the AARP Texas team is working on at the state Capitol: Nursing Home Quality and Safety: Texans deserve quality care that ensures …

— Texas Appleseed and AARP today released five “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides, a toolkit for financial caregivers in Texas who manage money or property for those unable to do so for themselves. This interactive series of guides, in English and Spanish, is available in print and online at www.ProtectTheirMoneyTx.org. Nearly 3.5 million unpaid family caregivers in Texas provide a great labor of love by helping their parents, spouses and others manage their financial affairs – but they often lack the …