Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 15, AARP Foundation is providing tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required.
AARP Foundation Experience Corps trains volunteers, age 50 years and over, to tutor and mentor more than 30,000 Pre-K to 3 rd grade students throughout the country. The program is recruiting volunteers for the 2019-2020 academic year now.
ATTENTION ALL TAX PAYERS: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide anticipates that up to 30% of taxpayers who are expecting a refund of federal income tax based upon past year's returns will end up owing money for Tax Year 2018. In most cases this will be a result of lower withholding during the year, but in some cases they will be “losers” under the new law.
Recently, there has be an uptick in reports of scam calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. During these calls the scammer tells their potential victim that they will not be receiving their Social Security check because they have been “blacklisted” or they are in trouble with the authorities. We believe one of the reasons these calls have “bubbled up” might be because people are aware of the IRS scam and scammers are looking for a different way to scare their victim into sending money or sharing their personal information.
With two months left of hurricane season, AARP Virgin Islands continues to share resources and tips on storm preparedness. In many ways the islands are still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in 2017.
A new school year is upon us, and educating youth can be a very rewarding and gratifying experience. Knowing that the contribution of your time and effort can help a child excel academically makes the work worthwhile.
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide a convenient way to connect with friends and family. It is important to remember that scammers also use these platforms to find victims. Scammers often create fake profiles and pretend to either be someone you know, someone you want to know or an entity you trust. Because there are fake profiles it is difficult to know who you can trust. The following are some red flags that you might be targeted by a scammer on Facebook or other social media platform:
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51 st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions they’ve earned.
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