—   Following continuing threats to taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service today listed email “phishing” schemes as a top filing season concern and part of the annual listing of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018. The IRS warned taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals to be alert to fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These attempts can expand during tax season and remain a major identity theft threat. Compiled annually by the IRS, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a …

— Join our online Q&A sessions to learn how to age-proof your career. As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. What are you doing to help employers recognize them? Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your current company or thinking about a career change, you want to showcase your skills with confidence. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions, Age-Proof Your Career for simple tips and tools to help you …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

—   Watch and Learn — Get a host of fraud prevention tips and information on how to protect you and your family from being the next victim of fraud.  Elliott Greenblott, AARP Vermont Fraud Watch Network Coordinator, is a recognized expert on the subject and shares valuable information in this TV program from GNAT cable access TV station in Southern VT. Click on the link below to watch this month’s segment. http://gnat-tv.org/mr-scammer-120717/ Mr. SCAMMER – 12.07.17

—   Retirement is often painted as a tranquil existence of endless vacations, golf and relaxation.  Yet that picture is far from the reality for most people.   Following retirement, many soon feel the urge to return to the workforce whether for financial reasons or a simple desire to stay active and interact with people on a daily basis.   In fact, studies have shown that people age 50 and older will account for 35% of the work force by 2022.  …

— AARP Vermont is urging legislators to take action in 2018 to reduce state income taxes on Social Security benefits. The Green Mountain State is one of four states that tax Social Security at the same income levels as the federal government does. Individuals with annual income of more than $25,000 and couples with more than $32,000 face state taxes on their benefits. Those thresholds have not increased in nearly 30 years, despite inflation. About 145,000 Vermonters receive Social Security. Vermonters …

— In case you haven’t noticed, the holiday season arrived early this year (right after Labor Day) and once again the Grinch in the form of a con-artist is working hard to ruin your celebrations.  In this two-part series, we’ll look at a number of ways criminals are working to separate you from your money. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have become a major part of the shopping season on the con-artist calendar.  A “new” twist seen this year is …

— More than 100,000 Vermonters whose employers do not offer a retirement plan will be able to save for their future under the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan, which will start operating by January 2019. Setting up a statewide workplace retirement savings plan was AARP Vermont’s top legislative priority this year. Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed the measure into law in June. Once the plan is up and running, small businesses with up to 50 employees can voluntarily participate at no …

— GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR BUSINESS EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORTING MATURE WORKERS To recognize Vermont employers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to employment practices that benefit and support the inclusion and retention of mature workers, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL), and the AARP in partnership with the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the Governor are co-sponsoring this Governor’s Award.   Vermont places great value on the contributions of its older citizens. …

— From Vermont Business Magazine – 5/19/17: In its final hours Thursday, the Legislature voted to approve S135, Vermont’s economic development omnibus bill. Section C of the bill sets up a secure public retirement option, the “Green Mountain Secure Retirement” plan, for small businesses. Pending due diligence by the Treasurer’s office, the goal is to implement the retirement plan by January 15, 2019. The program was proposed by Treasurer Beth Pearce’s Public Retirement Study Committee (link is external), which recommended a …