- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
Get Expert Help with Your Tax ReturnsApril 13, 2017
Do you need assistance preparing and filing your state or federal tax returns? Did you know that you can turn to the free tax preparation services that are available at North Shore Senior Center?
The Center’s tax assistance program began decades ago, and now is one of 5,000 sites nationwide that works with the AARP Foundation to ensure access to expert tax preparation services. “We work hard to make sure you get every tax credit and deduction you’ve earned,” reads the AARP slogan. Larry Rabin, CPA, is coordinator of the local program and echoes that sentiment, adding, “We’re a very knowledgeable group. If someone can’t answer a question, somebody else can. We tap into each other’s knowledge.”
Larry is among the five volunteers providing valuable service and advice in the Center’s program (35,000-plus volunteers nationwide). They take an IRS-mandated exam that covers ethics and practical issues, and receive specialized training through AARP with materials the IRS provides. They have a lot of years of experience in the finance or tax field among them! Sue Hering, Gail Gil, and Larry are CPAs. Audrey Beasley was an accounting major and worked in the IT field. And Rick Hanson is a retired tax attorney.
The Center’s in-person tax services are open to all area taxpayers, but in order to qualify for the assistance, the client’s tax return can’t be too complicated and must be within the scope of what the program was designed for (AARP and the IRS set the parameters). Volunteer Charlie Dubman, who fields calls about the services, can give you a preliminary idea whether you would qualify by asking questions about your situation. He will ask if you have a home business, for example, and whether you have sold a home. “Some home businesses are classified by the IRS as hobbies,” said Charlie, “and that wouldn’t necessarily disqualify you.” But you would have to go elsewhere for assistance if you have a complicated home business. Similarly, dealing with the tax implications of the sale of a home probably is fine if the sale was within the state of Illinois. Tax preparation volunteers make the final determination whether your situation fits within the scope of the program.
More than 250 individuals took advantage of the free tax preparation services this year. Many have used the services for several years—60 to 70 percent according to Charlie—and each person who returns for service is matched with the same volunteer from previous years. If you are a newcomer to the services, Charlie will give your name to a tax preparation volunteer who is available, and the two of you will set up a mutually convenient time. All the work is done in the Technology Learning Center on the Northfield campus, and by the time you leave after your session with one of the experts, your tax return has been completed and filed!
The Center’s skilled, experienced tax preparation volunteers are available to help you from February 1 to April 15. So mark your January 2017 calendar now to take the first step: call 847.784.6000.
If you don’t need assistance with your own tax returns, but you have the expertise to volunteer your time to help others with theirs, additional tax preparation volunteers are always welcome. Larry was looking for some meaningful things to do when he retired in 2013. “I contacted the Center, talked with the volunteer coordinator, and the rest is history,” he said. Audrey had been coordinator of the tax assistance program for more than ten years, and chose to hand the reins over to someone else, so 2016 is the first year Larry has been in that role. He makes sure the other volunteers are trained and pass the required exams, and also keeps the AARP regional coordinator apprised of how the program is going.
If, like Larry, you enjoy meeting people and are looking for a worthwhile spot to use the skills you have acquired over a lifetime, contact the Volunteer Office at 847.784.6052 or email email@example.com.