Council on Aging Update

News and Notes, Wednesday November 2nd, 2022 

If you haven’t been boosted or gotten your flu shot yet, here’s some news.There is a clinic in North Adams at the Brayton School on Nov 18th from 4-6pm.  

You can use the same link for the last clinic and sign up there.

Yesterday the Department of Revenue (DOR) began the distribution of $2.941 billion in tax refunds in accordance with Chapter 62F, a Massachusetts law that requires tax revenue collected in excess of an annual cap to be returned to taxpayers. Refunds will be provided in proportion to Massachusetts income tax liability incurred by taxpayers in the immediately preceding taxable year – Tax Year 2021. In the coming weeks, an estimated 3 million taxpayers will receive a refund equal to 14% of their 2021 Massachusetts income tax liability. This is higher than the previously shared preliminary estimate of 13%, which was based on projections made prior to the tax extension due date of October 17, 2022. Good news right?

Refunds will be issued via direct deposit or mailed as a check. Refunds issued by direct deposit will be labeled “MASTTAXRFD”. Refunds mailed as a check will include several sentences on the check explaining Chapter 62F and why the recipient is receiving a refund. Approximately 500,000 refunds will be distributed during the first week. Approximately one million refunds will be distributed weekly thereafter until all currently eligible refunds have been distributed. I can’t tell you if you’ll get one or not but I’m thinking that it will be a pleasant surprise if and when it appears in my checking account.

How about you?

Speaking of money from government sources, here’s another reminder that on Tuesday November 8th at 1:00, Sabrina Feliciano, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, will be here to talk with us about changes coming to Social Security. We’ll do spaghetti and meatballs for lunch at 12:30. Let us know if you’re coming for food!

Ya, I think we can include garlic bread as well.

Here’s a zoom opportunity to learn some basic emergency sign language to help our neighbors who may have a hearing impairment. Offered by the Milne Library, the session is one hour in length and available in the evening from 6-7 on Thursday November 10th. Think about a potential crisis involving someone who can’t hear you but needs assistance.  This session features  American Sign Language for emergencies and will provide basic emergency signs and phrases that anyone can learn!

In this one-hour workshop you will learn signs and phrases such as:

 Emergency Come With, (Be) Careful, You Hurt, You Sick,· Ambulance Come – Go, and more…

This workshop is taught in the native American Sign Language with visual resources as support. A handout with embedded videos for you to practice with after the workshop concludes will be available. For information, call the library at 413-458-5369.

The next 2 sessions for Tech Assistance, Friday November 4 and 18, are booked.  The final sessions for 2022 will be on December 2nd and 9th. Call us here if you’re interested or for information about this program.

Finally, two other “things” to remember. Turn your clocks back Saturday night, Daylight Savings Time is over. My automated bedroom clock already fell back causing a bit of a rush to get ready on Monday…secondly, Tuesday is a big election day. Get out there and vote!


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