And unless Congress takes action, millions of our country's oldest and sickest citizens will face a tax hike.
On January 1, if Congress does not act, Americans age 65+ will see an increase in the income threshold over which they can deduct medical expenses from their taxes. That means less money in the pockets of seniors who are already struggling with high health care costs.
Each year, between eight and 10 million taxpayers utilize the medical expense deduction, which allows Americans with high health care costs to deduct expenses when filing taxes. That means real savings for seniors who spend their money on prescription drugs, hearing aids, long term care insurance policies, and other health care costs.
Over half of all taxpayers who take advantage of this rule are over 65 years old, and nearly three quarters of all those taking the deduction have incomes below $75,000. We should not force those already burdened by high health costs to pay even more for the care they need.
That's why we're asking Congress – in the short time remaining this year – to at least delay this tax increase by two years, providing real middle class tax relief to those with high health care costs.
Join us for our annual Christmas Party with pot luck lunch and Square Dance Demo provided by the Waterloos. Audience participation is strongly encouraged. Please bring a pot luck dish to share.
Drive a Senior gifts: It is time to start Christmas shopping for items to place in our gift bags for seniors. We have participated in this service project to benefit Drive A Senior clients for over five years. Bring your filled bags to our December 21st meeting for delivery to Drive A Senior. Put a note on your New Year’s Resolution list to consider becoming a volunteer driver. The friends you meet will make your heart smile.
Our November program was presented by Ashley Pace and Chase Norris of Austin Recycles.
Chapter 2426 Officers Elected for 2017
President: Pete Skalnik
Vice President: Elaine Benton
Secretary: Ed Gonzales
Assistant Secretary: Marilyn Totten
Treasurer: Barbara Fetonte
Assistant Treasurer: Caryn Gulas
Nominating Committee Chair: Ray Vaughn
Board of Directors (in addition to officers):
Mary Ragland, Al Prewitt, Barbara Kaiser
Chapter 2426 member Pat Thomas was honored by representative Ann Kitchens at the October meeting for her work to create Roll and Stroll. She was presented with a proclamation of December 5, 2016 as Austin Roll and Stroll day!!
Click on the What's Happening page on the left to see pictures of our December 16 potluck and entertainers.
Click on the Travel/Social Activities page to see pictures of the trip to Johnson City and the beautiful Christmas lights.
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South Austin AARP Chapter 2426 is a gathering place for people whose diverse interests and experience are united in a shared spirit of fellowship through service.
We meet every third Wednesday at at the South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78704 in the SASAC ballroom starting at 1:00PM and ending at 4:00PM.
For further information and an application to join the chapter please click on the "AARP Chapter 2426" below. It is a flyer that you can print and share with others.
2015 Officers were installed at the December meeting.
Pete Skalnik, Elaine Benton , Marilyn Totten, Ed Gonzales, Mary Ragland, Tom Bauer, Caryn Gulas,
Jim Murinchack, Cathy Crossland, Al Prewitt
2014 Holiday Party
At the December 2012 meeting President Tom Bauer presented a special award to Herb Zwernemann for imparting the best of AARP to Chapter 2426 in your capacity as chapter liason. His past service over these many years to all the Central Texas AARP chapters has been exemplary.
Mary Ragland led a discussion on proposed changes to Medicare and Social Security. Members completed a second survey on opinions on Medicare and Social Security.
Go to the Whats Happening Page to see information on our past programs and pictures from the Austin Area AARP meeting .
President: Tom Bauer Vice-President: Marilyn Totten Secretary: Margaret Pettit Treasurer: Catherine Crossland
Assistant Treasurer: Nancy Martin Board of Directors(in addition to the officers) Mary Ragland, Gail Glick, Ed Gionzales, Al Prewitt