News from everywhere made it through the cold, snow, ice and other weather issues to my email box. Thanks to the half-dozen folks who had questions that we’ll try and answer.

From the website of Southern Maine Agency on Aging, news about the delay of the popular and useful Maine Senior “Farm Share” program. The program is on hold due to the delay in the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill. President Obama signed the bill Feb. 7. However, we still need to wait for guidance from USDA regarding what will be required of state agencies to operate in 2014 and when we will be authorized. The division will post farmer applications as soon as possible.

If you have questions, call the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Agriculture Recourse Development, Maine Senior FarmShare Program at 287-3491, or email [email protected].

Time to think about getting out of the house? Planning your spring getaways? It’s called Spring Fever – here are some ideas to cure it. Maine Senior Guide is hosting the next Senior Expo on April 11 at the Elk’s Banquet Center in Waterville. On May 7, the southern Maine Spring Senior Expo is scheduled to be held at St. Maximillian Kolbe Church Hall in Scarborough. For more information, call Maine Senior Guide at 232-7847.

File your tax return! Even if you haven’t filed a tax return for several years, and don’t have enough income to file one now – ask yourself: Did you make $40,000 or less last year? Did you pay property tax in Maine that was more than 10 percent of your Maine income or pay rent in Maine that was more than 40 percent of your income? You may qualify for a refund under Maine’s Property Tax Fairness Credit. If you didn’t get a form in the mail, call 624-7894 weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and get the forms. You may be surprised to find out you possibly could get a refund. Qualified Maine residents can get as much as $300 ($400 if 70 years of age or older).

State Rep. Jane Pringle sends the following information for tax filers with access to the Internet: Taxpayers making $58,000 or less can visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare and electronically file federal tax returns with free software and step-by-step help. All the calculations are done for you in just a few easy steps, and you can even get a refund in as few as 10 days.

Kay Soldier welcomes reader ideas for column topics of interest to seniors. She can be reached by email at [email protected], or write to 114 Tandberg Trail, Windham, ME 04062.


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