Free Tax Assistance Offered for Cumberland County

Through April 15, the AARP Tax-Aide program will offer free one-on-one counseling as well as assistance on the telephone and internet to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and other standard documents.

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Financial Focus: Planning for the Rising Costs of Healthcare

Healthcare costs are rising, especially for retirees, and many will need long-term care. Learn the moves you can make to help prepare yourself.

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Social Security News: Fraud Advisory: New Twist on Phone Scams

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public that telephone scammers may send faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands.

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Savvy Senior: IRS Introduces a Tax Form Created for Older Taxpayers

Dear Savvy Senior,

A couple months back I read that the IRS will be offering a new senior-friendly tax form this tax season that will be easier to use. What can you tell me about this?

– Paper Filer

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Social Security News: Online Reporting Form Now Available for Scam Calls

Andrew Saul, commissioner of Social Security, and Gail S. Ennis, the inspector general for the Social Security Administration, announce the launch of a dedicated online form at https://oig.ssa.gov to receive reports from the public of Social Security-related scams.

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Plan-Change Deadline for Community HealthChoices Approaching

Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller and Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres are reminding Pennsylvania residents about the upcoming rollout of the Community HealthChoices program.

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Social Security News: Social Security Announces 1.6% Benefit Increase for 2020

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6% in 2020, the Social Security Administration announced recently.

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Heating Assistance Program Now Open

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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Savvy Senior: The Long-Term Care Benefit Many Veterans Are Missing Out On

Dear Savvy Senior,

I have heard that the VA has a benefit that can help veterans and spouses with long-term care costs. We recently had to move my 86-year-old father — who served in the Army nearly 60 years ago — into an assisted living facility, and my mom isn’t far behind. Can the VA help?

– Seeking Aid

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