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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.

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9 Year-End Tax Moves to Consider

Posted on 11/30/2012 by | Money | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Alan Kalman. December is an ideal time to review your finances and make sure you are taking advantage of tax benefits and other possible credits or deductions. See also: Sandy Victims Get Tax Relief Consider these things when pulling 2012 paperwork together. Did you move or change jobs this year? Double-check that your your employer (or former employer), banking institutions, investment companies and retirement plan administrators have your current address so you’ll receive your W-2s …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Needs Volunteers

Posted on 11/13/2012 by | Money | Comments

Money & Savings | VolunteeringThe following is a guest post by Jim Young. Want a rewarding volunteer experience in 2013? If you’re good with numbers, people or computers — or better yet, all three — AARP Foundation has opportunities right up your alley. During the 2012 tax season, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 35,000 volunteers served 2.6 million taxpayers across the country. Most of the volunteers prepare federal tax returns. These folks come from every imaginable background. Some have accounting and financial experience, but that’s not …

Single, Female and Want to Retire? This Book’s for You

Posted on 11/3/2012 by | Money | Comments

WorkSingle, female and hoping to retire soon? AARP’s new book “The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement” goes beyond the money issues retirement poses to women. See also: AARP’s Retirement Calculator Retirement expert Jan Cullinane offers a comprehensive look at all the factors women need to consider before they retire. AARP: How did you get the idea for this book? JC: I give retirement talks to a wide variety of audiences, and after almost every talk, women would come up to …

Flexible Savings Accounts Offer Tax Advantages

Posted on 10/30/2012 by | Money | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Alan Kalman. Keep an eye out for a savings opportunity at work in the form of a Flexible Savings Account  (FSA) for next year. These accounts allow you to set aside funds for medical care and dependent care — and in many cases, the costs of public transportation and parking. See also: Need Cash for Health Care? Your contribution is pretax, which means that no federal and generally no state income, Social Security …

Get a Tax Extension? What You Need to Know for Oct. 15

Posted on 09/25/2012 by | Money | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Alan Kalman.  Fall is in the air and with it comes NFL football, the baseball playoffs, Halloween — and filing tax returns. More than a million of you who did not file your 2011 tax returns in April asked for the automatic six-month extension to Oct. 15. So get out all those forms (W-2s and 1099s) you received, and all your tax receipts and records and get started since time is running out. …

New Book Focuses on Great Jobs for Older Workers

Posted on 09/21/2012 by | Money | Comments

WorkAccording to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, 2.5 million workers between the ages of 55 and 64 lost their jobs between 2009 and 2011. As of January 2012, less than half were re-employed. If you are trying to re-enter the workplace after retiring or get re-hired after a job loss, you’re going to need an updated resume and a plan. See also: Finding work after 50 AARP’s new book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps …