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Update from Social Security re economic impact payments

The following is an update to people who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration, from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries. The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to…

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Don’t fall prey to this Census scam!

Beware of this Census scam, warns the AARP Fraud Watch Network: “Impostors could pretend to be census takers. Pitch: You could be asked for your Social Security number or credit card information. Method: A fake census worker shows up at your door. Or you’re contacted by phone, mail or email. Prevention: The Census Bureau will…

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CARES Act expands tax deductions for charitable giving

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, the government stimulus  bill that was signed into law in late March, will increase the ability for many individuals to deduct a portion of their charitable contributions: Beginning in 2020, individuals that do not itemize and instead use the standard deduction, will be allowed to deduct…

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Protect your health … and your wallet

It is important to protect your health and your wallet during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The AARP Fraud Network and the Federal Trade Commission offer the following information on COVID-19 related scams.   How it works: Scammers may set up websites to sell bogus “coronavirus products” from face masks to vaccines to cure-alls, and use…

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Beware Social Security benefit suspension scam

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed. The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received…

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Free call check for seniors home alone

Free call check for seniors home alone Many people are following the advice of health officials and are staying home to reduce their risk of contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Senior Call Check service helps provide peace of mind for Maryland seniors who are home alone, and their families. This FREE service places an automated…

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Salisbury, Willards senior centers closed indefinitely

In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, activities at the Salisbury and Willards senior centers have been suspended indefinitely. MAC’s Life Bridges Program will be closed indefinitely. Tax preparation assistance appointments scheduled for Tuesdays at MAC have been cancelled. People are encouraged to find other resources to get their taxes done. Home-delivered meals operation…

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Beware Coronavirus e-mail scams

Hackers are taking advantage of the outbreak with a new coronavirus email scam. What does this mean to you: The harmful links in these scams redirect to web pages that steal your information instead of providing you with important updates.  While the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb and the death toll rises, scammers are…

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The Coronavirus and older adults

The following information was provided by the Maryland Department of Health about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and older adults. What is COVID-19? COVID-19 a disease caused by a respiratory virus first identified in China in December 2019. How is it transmitted? COVID-19 is thought to be able to spread like the cold or flu…

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