Remember These Tips When You Buy a Second Home

Thinking of buying a second home? You don’t have to be rich, but you do have to be careful.

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Savvy Senior: What is an Annual Notice of Change?

Dear Savvy Senior,

Last year I received a “notice of change” letter from my Medicare provider. Should I expect another one this year, and what should I do with it?

– Medicare Rookie

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Savvy Senior: What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Dear Savvy Senior,

What happens to a person’s possessions if they die without a will? I’m almost 60 years old and have never gotten around to making one, but the coronavirus crisis has made it a priority.

– Will-less Willie

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Savvy Senior: How to Get Underutilized COVID Funeral Assistance Funds

Dear Savvy Senior,

I recently saw a news segment on TV about a government funeral assistance program available to families who lost loved ones during the pandemic.

What can you tell me about this? I lost my 78-year-old mother to COVID in 2021 and want to find out if I’m still eligible for any funeral funds, and if so, what I need to do to get them.

– Still Sad

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Bob’s Tech Talk Extra: The Brave New World of Tap-to-Pay

There are newer, more secure, and more convenient choices available to make payments at most cash registers. Secret PIN codes and signatures are making way for methods like tap-to-pay plastic cards and smartphones.

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Savvy Senior: How to Get Help as an Elder Orphan

Dear Savvy Senior,

I need to find someone honest and reliable to look after my estate, health, and long-term care when I’m no longer able to do it myself. I’m a 67-year-old recent widow with no children and one sibling I rarely talk to. Any suggestions?

– Solo Ager

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Savvy Senior: Do I Have to File Income Tax Returns This Year?

Dear Savvy Senior,

What is the IRS standard tax deduction for 2021? I didn’t file a tax return last tax year (2020) because I lost my job and my income in March due to COVID. But I got a part-time job in 2021 and am wondering if I made enough money that requires me to file this year.

– Part-Time Retiree

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3 Easy Tips on How to File Taxes Securely Online

According to the data, over 91% of the 165 million tax returns in the U.S. were filed electronically last year. Due to the ongoing presence of coronavirus, it is expected that an even greater percentage of tax documents will be submitted online this year.

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Money Sense: Scram to Scams

My most worn keyboard key is “delete.”

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