I hope you had a great Christmas and New Years. It would have been nice to have some snow but I am not complaining about the warm temperatures we have had although I am afraid we will pay for it later. There are several things I want to cover so here goes.
The Big News is I am moving my Ravenna office to Main St. about three blocks from where it is now. I have enclosed a map. The new address is on the new business cards I enclosed – one for you and one to hand out. Let me know if you would like more. The new location is 250 West Main St., Suite 208 just down from the jewelry store (it used to be the old Picciones’ Jewelers). The office is larger and will be open on February 1st. Parking is available on West Main St and in the back on West Locust St. I will still have the use of other offices in Norton, Warren and Independence.
New tax return for seniors, the Form 1040-SR, will be available this year. For those who prepare their own returns, it will have larger print and less shading to make it easier to read.
Be very skeptical of new videos on social media, especially as the 2020 election heats up. New computer generated videos can make a real person do or say anything and are so real only a forensic expert can tell the difference. Unfortunately, Congress and the tech world have no near-term solutions for this.
The new year 2020 – Remember to get into the habit of dating all your signatures with the full year 2020 and do not abbreviate it as just 20. Someone could add two numbers at the end of your 20 and change the year of your signature. This leads to other fraud warnings to be aware of: People calling from “tech support” telling you your computer is infected with a virus. They ask you for remote access to your computer to remove the virus. Never do this as they have access to everything on your computer. Also, beware of the old Romance scam where someone supposedly from your past calls up and may spend weeks or even months building a relationship over the phone and through emails. They eventually ask for money for either health bills or money to come see you. I know of a few smart, but lonely people, who have fallen for this.
Remember any unsolicited caller who is aggressive or initiates a request for your credit card number or social security number or other personal information or any other form of money is up to no good. FYI – prepaid gift cards are the most frequent way to scam people. Look for the latest warnings at www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud or www.consumer.ftc.gov under scams and www.fraud.org.
Medicare Minute Calendar. I will start doing 20-30 minute meetings on various Medicare topics in February. You are welcome to come anytime and to bring a friend. Locations and times are enclosed. If you know of anyone looking for a speaker for a meeting and would like a Medicare topic, please let me know.
Prescriptions – If you are on an expensive one, check out needymeds.org to find out if there is a patient assistant program for your drug. If there is, it could save you some money.
Personal note – my family and I are doing well. My wife, Cathy, is starting tax busy season. Our son, Andrew, and his wife, Allie, are starting their last semester of college and they will be looking for a job as well (hopefully somewhere closer to home). They were in after Christmas and we had a very nice time. Our other son, Nathan, and his wife, LaRee, are expecting their first child next month. We are all excited. I still help out with the local Lions Club and our church’s Christian Service Brigade (kind of like a Christian Boy Scouts) and I am helping out with the Church’s Sportsman’s dinner raffle this Saturday, January 25th at 6490 St Rt 14 in Ravenna. There will be good food, various raffles for guns, fishing trips, and all kinds of gift cards. The speaker this year will be talking about food plots for wildlife as well as giving his testimony. Doors open at 5 pm and tickets will be sold at the door for $15.
Well, stay healthy and warm. Thanks again for your referrals and please keep them coming.