New Year. New VTA Fares. New Service!

Starting January 1, 2018 VTA will implement new fare changes. Adult fares will increase to $2.25 while youth fares will drop to one dollar.
Enjoy faster service and free transfers for the first 2 hours when purchasing single ride fares with Clipper Card or the EZfare app across VTA buses and light rail, except express buses. Additionally, VTA will be extending service hours on select routes.
For more information regarding fares and service improvements, please visit http://www.vta.org/getting- around/2018-f…
Dec 8 in General to subscribers of Valley Transportation Authority

Learning to Add Content to Our Website…Rick Loek

Our Campbell area chapter of AARP has a website. Believe it or not, editing the website is pretty easy and will get even easier. Would you like to learn about adding content to our website?

We are hosting a couple of training sessions to learn more about our website and how to add content. There will be two training sessions in January. Monday, January 15th at 1:30 PM and Friday, January 19th at 9 AM. If you would like to participate in one of these or request an additional time – please call me at 408.874.6234.

The training sessions will be held in my office at 1875 Winchester Blvd, #101 here in Campbell CA. I promise the training to be engaging, fun and fairly easy to understand. If you participated before, consider coming back.

REMINDER: Never ever give personal financial information online.

Legislative Report…Daniel Nnorth and Claudia Schott

The tax bill in Congress passed. It’s been a long road of compromising because of two bills, one from the House and the other from the Senate, that are being merged into one. This is the one that gives corporations a tax break and the middle class (that’s you and me, folks) little more than lip service.

There is good news, though, within this bill. Although, corporations will see their 35% tax rate pushed back to 21%, and “pass-through” businesses will see a tax rate of only 21%, the compromise agreement will also retain the popular deduction for medical expenses and repeal the individual mandate included in the 2010 health care law, among other provisions.

One provision on the chopping block was the Senate proposal to maintain the alternative minimum tax. The alternative minimum tax (AMT) is a supplemental income tax imposed by the United States federal government required in addition to baseline income tax for certain individuals, corporations, estates, and trusts that have exemptions or special circumstances allowing for lower payments of standard income tax. The House-passed tax bill would eliminate the AMT for individuals and corporations. After some last-minute changes, the Senate bill ended up keeping the full corporate AMT and a scaled-back individual AMT in order to pay for other late changes in their plan. Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said House GOP members “feel strongly” about permanently ending the AMT, while conservative and business groups have zeroed in on repealing it as a top priority for everyone.

Republican leaders and tax writers were forced to backtrack from early plans to totally wipe out the deduction for state and local taxes, or SALT, after GOP members from high-tax states like New York and New Jersey revolted. Even California Republicans want to keep the deduction, as it is a more effective tax break for their constituents – namely, us. A compromise was reached to allow up to $10,000 in deductions for property taxes, a provision that was worked into both the House and Senate plans. Although the mortgage interest deduction is limited to debt of up to $750,000. Some of this helps, other parts hinder us.

The bill was stuck in negotiations for quite a while, especially on reducing the number of individual tax brackets. Although the House plan, slashing the number of rates to four: 12 percent, 25 percent, 35 percent and 39.6 percent would have been better, the Senate tax bill, which keeps a more complex rate schedule, with seven brackets beginning at 10 percent and topping out at 37 percent won out after much haggling.

Changes were also included in the final plan aimed at appeasing two Republican holdouts, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah, who were seeking broader refundability for the child tax credit. The bill will allow up to $1,400 of the tax credit to be refundable, according to Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., one of the House conferees. That’s up from $1,100 in the Senate and House bills, which Rubio and Lee said was too low.

The final draft went up for a vote on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 and then on to President Trump’s desk for signing. The Republicans are already celebrating.

“When we get this done, when people see their withholding improving, when they see jobs occurring, when they see bigger paychecks, a fairer tax system, a simpler tax code, that’s what’s going to produce the results,” said Paul Ryan, R-Wis. What bothers me is that the corporate tax cuts are permanent, but the individual tax cuts expire by 2026……

Community Service…Marilyn Clough

The cat’s out of the bag! Our surprise mystery guest at the January luncheon will be none other than …… The Purple Envelope! ……. complete with Scratch Paper!!

Do not pass up this last opportunity to submit your 2017 Volunteer Hours. Make President Ken look good!! Make our chapter look great!! Start the new year off with a bang!!!

Membership…Shelly Schwartz

Happy New Year Everybody!

Just a reminder, in case you haven’t already done so, it’s time to pay your 2018 Membership dues which includes our newsletter, the Dispatch. Dues for the year are: $14 if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter by e-mail, or $17 if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter by regular mail. Payments can be made at the January 16th Luncheon BY CHECK ONLY or by mailing your check to me at the address on the Membership Application. Please include the Application with your check.

JANUARY 16 LUNCHEON

JANUARY 16 LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.

Hometown Buffett Moonlight Center,

2670 El Camino Real at Kiely Blvd.

$12.32 includes drink and tax Or less with no drink

Pay at Hometown

Entertainment and Door Prizes

No trays available—may bring your own.

Call Paddy or Margaret before Jan. 9

President…Ken Schieck

Happy New Year to all Campbell AARP members, and I hope you have put the confusion of the December holidays behind you (not that it wasn’t worth it!).

Not only is January the first month of the year, it is also the first month when each day is longer than the one before (maybe by only 30 minutes). It is a month of pro basketball, playoffs and pro football, and an inkling of spring training in the major leagues in February.

Significant events in January include:

01/01/1863 – Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation

01/02/1988 – US and Canada enter into a free trade agreement

01/07/1789 – first US presidential election held

01/11/1973 – major league baseball adapts ‘designated hitter’ rule

01/15/1967 – first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles (Green Bay Packers over Kansas City Chiefs)

01/16/1944 – Eisenhower takes command of the allied invasion force in London

01/19/1955 – first televised presidential news conference

01/20/1981 – Iran releases 52 American hostages held since November, 1979

01/22/1973 – Supreme Court legalizes abortion

01/30/1968 – Vietnam war ‘TET’ offensive begins

I hope to see many of you at our holiday party on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Hometown Buffet in Santa Clara. If you haven’t signed up, please call Paddy Wray or Margaret Schieck before Jan. 9. Paddy’s number is on the back of the Dispatch; Margaret’s number is same as mine (also on the back).

At our December meeting, we had two special guests from the Bay Area Regional AARP office in San Jose. Of course, they are too young to join, but they were impressed by the services we are involved in and the enthusiasm of many of our members who attended the meeting. Keep up the good work.