Tell Your Legislators: Help Prevent Identity Theft and Support Caregivers in Massachusetts
Massachusetts is proud to announce two new bills submitted this session to support older residents of Massachusetts:
HD.610/SD.1553 - An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit
Sponsored by Representative Chris Walsh (D)-Framingham and Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D)-Dorchester
A recent study by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows that the average family caregiver spends almost $7,000 a year out-of-pocket to help care for their loved ones, which amounts to, on average, 20% of their total income.
An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit would establish a tax credit, capped at $3,000 per year, which reimburses family members for a portion of qualified expenses related to caring for adult family members who need assistance with activities of daily living.
HD.1491/SD.374 - An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports
Sponsored by Representative Jennifer Benson (D)-Lunenburg and Senator Barbara L'Italien (D)-Andover
Older adults in Massachusetts are increasingly the target of identity theft and financial exploitation. Individuals age 50-59 are the most common target for identity theft, with over 8,500 complaints of identity theft in Massachusetts in 2015, according to the Federal Trade Commission. One of the best ways to protect against identity theft is by placing a security freeze on your credit report, preventing thieves from opening new accounts under your name.
An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports would remove the fees for security freezes for all consumers, giving the residents of Massachusetts the power to control access to their credit report without cost. This is a simple way the State can encourage the responsible use of this tool to fight against fraud and new account identity theft.
Please fill out the form below to email your Representative and Senator and ask them to support these important pieces of legislation, or call your elected representatives at the State House at (617) 722-2000