6 Tax Tips for Family Caregivers

by Judi Hasson | AARP | Updated January 2015 Learn what to do to save money, qualify for some federal breaks If you’re paying all or part of the cost of caring for a parent or another relative, you may qualify for some federal tax breaks. And who couldn’t use the extra money? Just make sure to outline all […]

Legal Checklist for Caregivers

by Judi Hasson | from AARP | December 7, 2012 If you’re a caregiver, part of your job may be to keep track of your loved one’s legal affairs. And you probably know — or are learning — that it’s a big responsibility. “The ultimate goal is to make sure you have all the decision-making rights you need […]

Disability Benefits on a Fast Track

BY JUDI HASSON | FROM KIPLINGER’S RETIREMENT REPORT | 2014 An applicant with a medical condition that’s included in Social Security’s ‘compassionate allowances’ program can get a benefits decision within days. It used to be that some people with serious disabilities would die before the Social Security Administration finally got around to reviewing their applications for disability benefits. […]

Hidden Taxes You Pay Everyday

By Judi Hasson | for MSN.com Everyone knows there are federal taxes on tobacco and alcohol, but did you know the feds take a bite out of your afternoon candy bar? There are plenty of unexpected taxes that raise the price of goods and services — sin taxes, import duties, user fees and excise taxes […]

How To Stop Driving

By Judi Hasson | for CarInsurance.com No one rings a bell when it’s time to stop driving. But the car insurance rates that plummeted when you turned 25 begin to rise again about the time you sign up for Medicare. You have a few fender benders, or even total your car. Your family begins to hide […]

Homeowners Who Just Walk Away

By Judi Hasson | for MSN.com | April 9, 2008 Thousands of strapped homeowners are simply abandoning their homes before foreclosure even begins. The stories of three families illustrate the personal and financial trauma. The mortgage industry calls it “jingle mail” — keys that arrive in envelopes from homeowners who’ve decided they’d rather walk away than […]