— May marks Elder Abuse Prevention Month in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott’s proclamation aims to bring awareness to potential risks for older Texans, in the hopes of inspiring change in Texas. Change is already underway. House Bill 3921, which went to effect last September, grants employees of financial institutions the ability to report suspected financial exploitation. The bipartisan law also allows banks and other financial service providers to place a temporary hold on suspicious transactions to combat the misappropriation of funds. …

— 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 …

— Beginning today and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation around the country–including at more than 200 sites across Texas–through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Last year in Texas alone, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide …

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— Looking for a short-term job where you also can help with the recovery effort of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria? AARP is assisting the Small Business Administration as it looks to hire thousands of temporary employees to help with disaster relief efforts due to the recent storms. Opportunities include loan specialists, damage verifiers, and legal assistants. Positions are available from now until December 31. Some of the positions will be located at an SBA processing center in Dallas. Learn more here. …

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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 …

— In today’s job market, you’re more than words on paper. Join AARP’s free interactive workshop, Sharpen Your Networking & Interview Skills. This workshop will help you refresh your professional image and put your best self forward. You’ll discover how to effectively network, create a winning “elevator speech” and learn tips to ace your interview. Seats are limited, register today! And if you’re looking for a new job but not sure where to start?  Consider attending the free Job Search in …

— Many family caregivers manage money or property when a loved one cannot. AARP Texas and the advocacy group Texas Appleseed have released a tool kit that can help caregivers safeguard their relatives’ assets and avoid unintended conflicts of interest. “Managing Someone Else’s Money in Texas” is a series of guides in English and Spanish. Each guide is tailored to a different type of fiduciary, including people who are agents under power of attorney, appointed by a court to be guardians …

— The following is a statement by AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson applauding the passage of HB 3921 by the Texas Senate today, a measure which would improve the reporting of financial exploitation targeting older Texans and would give new tools to banks and securities firms to place a temporary hold on suspicious transactions. Jackson said: “The Senate today has joined the House in taking an important step to protect vulnerable adults from becoming victims of financial fraud and abuse. We …