— 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 …

— By Jill Gambon During her 35 years working for the Social Security Administration, Louise Myers witnessed the impact the program has had on people’s lives. As a retiree, Myers wants to make sure Social Security remains intact. That’s one reason she’s a volunteer advocate with AARP Massachusetts. “I am a firm believer in keeping Social Security protected,” said Myers, of North Chelmsford. “I saw that my voice could be heard through AARP advocacy work.” Myers is one of about a …

— Social Security is one of our nation’s most important programs, and ensuring Americans get the benefits they have earned is critical not only for 400,000 AARP Oklahoma members and their families, but all Americans. 24% of Oklahoma Social Security recipients depend on Social Security for 90% or more of their income. 49% of Oklahoma Social Security recipients depend on Social Security for 50% or more of their income. AARP continues to fight to strengthen Social Security and ensure that current …

— Greetings from AARP Maine! As 2017 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine! Our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly all year to protect programs that impact Mainers 50+ at the federal level and you can count on us to fight hard on these issues in 2018. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a proposed health tax and age tax have all been …

— 11/22 SCAM ALERT Don’t give out your Social Security number over the phone if you didn’t initiate the call. You have no way of knowing who is on the other end of the line. For instance, some cons may call posing as officials from the Social Security Administration, asking you to confirm your number.  Likewise, beware of providing your number to anyone who asks for it by email. Scammers will send an email that appears to be from your bank …

— AARP has delivered to members of the United States Senate a petition signed by more than 2 million AARP members urging the Senate to reject measures that would result in deep cuts to Medicare and Social Security. The petition follows a letter AARP sent to Senators late last week, which said “We urge you to vote no on this measure.”   “Tens of millions of Americans of all ages depend on Social Security and Medicare, and the proposed Senate budget, would impose …

— Like many Americans, you’ve probably started thinking about the future. Maybe dreaming about taking a trip, learning a new language or spending more time doing something you enjoy fishing or photography. Whatever it is, AARP is here to help. We offer free, unbiased financial information and tools for reaching your goals. So you can turn your dreams into real possibilities. AARP will host a series of informational financial workshops on Long Island that will help you build your financial strength. Register …

— WASHINGTON, DC—ARP released the following statement from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins in response to the announced cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2018: “Today’s 2 percent COLA announcement gives some relief to Social Security beneficiaries and their families who depend on their earned, modest benefits. Since 2011, beneficiaries have received little to no increase – never more than 1.7 percent. For the tens of millions of families who depend on Social Security for all or most of their …

— Join AARP’s Jean Accius and OSU Extension Services for a live Q&A session as we discuss Medicare basics such as eligibility, enrollment and what is covered in each part of your plan. We’ll talk about how to find care and maximize your benefits. We’ll also review Social Security basics like how to enroll and when to claim your benefits for maximum value. Plus, we’ll show you how to calculate your social security benefits and also review special rules just for …

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— Texans who evacuated or have had their mail disrupted by Hurricane Harvey may be wondering about Social Security benefit checks. Though most Social Security beneficiaries use direct deposit, some may have trouble accessing their funds. The U.S. Postal Services has identified locations where paper checks will be made available for pickup. The Social Security Administration also has established emergency payment locations where retirees and other beneficiaries can request immediate payments in person if they cannot receive their regular payments by …