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Tara Finnegan Coates is part of AARP Media's Content Creation Team. She blogs regularly on a variety of financial topics.

Unemployment Compensation Is Taxable

The following is a guest post by Alan Kalman. If you or your spouse collected unemployment benefits in 2012, be sure you count that money as gross income when you file your tax return. It may come as a surprise to some workers, but unemployment compensation from your state is taxable. In fact, there’s a specific line on the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms for you to add the amount to gross income. Find tax forms online. In January of …

Women Are Working Longer

The following is a guest post by Sara Rix, senior strategic policy adviser with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another headline highlighting the growing number of Americans who, for a variety of reasons, are pushing back their date of retirement. What gets less attention is that women comprise a sharply growing proportion of the older workforce. See also: 5 Jobs in Demand  At one time, the large majority of older workers were …

How Long Should I Keep Tax Documents?

The following is a guest post by Jim Young. Ever wonder how long you really need to hold on to your tax documents? Depending on which expert you ask, you might get a range of responses ranging from a few years to a lifetime. See also: Find an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide location near you. IRS Publication 552 gives you a direct answer and says that you are required to keep records as long as they may be needed for the …

Tax Deductions and Your Job Search

The following is a guest post by Alan Kalman.  Previously, I discussed the tax consequences of losing your job. But did you know that there are certain tax deductions you can take while looking for your next job (even if you don’t get hired)? These include: Employment and outplacement agency fees. Amounts spent for preparing and mailing resumes. Mileage and parking expenses for interviews Going back to college to take some courses to improve your skills. (In this case, you may …

Tune in to “The Cheap Life”

Today marks the launch of a new YouTube series produced by AARP called The Cheap Life, starring the “Ultimate Cheapskate” Jeff Yeager. Each week, Jeff will discuss how you can have fun saving money and live the ‘good life’ at a fraction of the cost. The Cheap Life will offer plenty of tips on how to stretch your hard-earned dollars. And, of course, you’ll have plenty of chances to win gift card prizes and cheapskate schwag. So tune in. Be sure to subscribe to The Cheap Life, just click …