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Avoid Tax Time Identity Theft Scams

Protecting your personal information is as important as ever. Tax season is no exception.

Here are some of the ways crooks are tricking people for tax information:

  1. Phishing: Emails or websites that ask to provide “missing” personal information. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund.
  2. Phone Scams: The tax agency has issued a new warning about calls or texts from thieves posing as IRS agents warning about owing money and threatening arrest, deportation or other action unless you settle an outstanding balance via wire transfer or preloaded debit card.
  3. Criminal Tax Preparers: Tax return preparers who use personal information for refund fraud, identity theft and other crimes.
  4. Fake Charities: Solicitations pretending to be from charitable organizations. These criminal enterprises take money for their personal gain and often sell stolen credit card or banking information to others.

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Bring the Kids—and the Dogs—to Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey!

At Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey, CEA members save more than 50% on premium seats at select games throughout the season. You and your family pay $18 for seats normally priced at $41.

Join your colleagues for a special game on Sunday, March 31, at 3 p.m., where you can bring your whole family—yes, including the dog!—and meet Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall.

Get your tickets at cea.org/mb. Read more

Cut Your Propane Costs Today

Residents of Connecticut pay a lot for propane, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average price per gallon for most of this winter has been barely under $3.00.

The price is so high here in the northeast because almost all propane in the United States is stored either in Texas or Oklahoma. The expense of transportation—by pipeline, rail, or container truck—increases the costs.

The good news is that CEA members have a solution available to them: Tankfarm. The Tankfarm Group partners with local propane supplies to install tanks and make deliveries, but it is Tankfarm, not the supplier, that sets the pricing and terms. The result for CEA members? Annual savings that can run into the thousands of dollars.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You can get an instant quote for propane at tankfarmgroup.com/cea
  2. If you like the quote, you can apply online in minutes.
  3. You’ll get an appointment with a Tankfarm partner supplier to have your tanks replaced or inspected.
  4. Once that’s done, you’ll get your first delivery, and the partner supplier will make sure you never run out of propane.

It’s that simple. The best part is that there are no charges for setup, tanks, or deliveries, and there is no hazmat, low-usage or any other kind of fee. Because you’re a member of CEA, you’ll also receive $50 worth of free propane upon signup and a certificate for a $100 equipment upgrade.

Consider a visit to the Tankfarm website at tankfarmgroup.com/cea to get your instant quote. It might just save you hundreds of dollars.

For more information, call 1-855-976-4141 or email support@tankfarmgroup.com.

March Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

March is here, and spring is right around the corner. Don’t miss out on spring break savings available from NEA Member Benefits on hotels, rental cars, guided tours, and more!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for March 2019

Has the thought of spring break got you dreaming of warmer climes? NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for March!* Read more

Save Big With CEA Member Discounts Over February Break!

Whether you’re staying at home or traveling over the Presidents’ Day long weekend, you can save with CEA member benefits. From discounts at Vermont and Massachusetts ski slopes to savings at area museums to deals on car rentals and airport parking, your CEA membership card goes a long way.

Below are just some of the deals available to you as a CEA member.

 

Are You Missing Out on These Educator Tax Deductions?

Legislation passed late in 2015 made many “tax extenders” semi-permanent, but there are still a few esoteric items that keep everyone on tenterhooks when, as once again this year, Congress fails to pass the tax bill by the end of the year. The new Congress is likely to make them retroactive once they finally do pass the bill in 2019.

In addition, 2018 is the first tax year that most of the new provisions of last year’s tax reform apply, so there are a lot of changes. Read more

February Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

This February, save on flowers, gift baskets, perfume, jewelry, and more with NEA Member Benefits!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for February 2019

Show some love to your family and friends this Valentine’s Day! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for February!*

*Note: Up-to-date information on merchant discounts, shipping terms and WOW Points appears on the NEA Click & Save Web page at www.neamb.com/clickandsave and may change at any time. Don’t forget to use your WOWPoints—they’re just like cash (100 WOW Points = $1; plus, no blackout dates and no expiration)! Read more

Growing Pains, Risks as Social Media Proliferates

From cyberbullying to sexual exploitation, the rapid integration of digital technologies into everyday life can pose risks for students. Whether they are incorporating Instagram or Twitter into lesson plans or using it for personal communications, teachers also face social media pitfalls—not only personal risks but professional and legal exposure as well.

As more devices become Internet-enabled—24 billion by 2020, according to a recent estimate—experts find that many of these devices lack proper encryption and other basic security measures.

Learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your students. Click here for more information from CEA-endorsed USI insurance, which has helped CEA members save thousands on home and auto insurance. Find out more about USI insurance options for CEA members.

NEA Student Loan Program Offers New Parent and Graduate Student Loan Options

NEA Member Benefits is pleased to make available an expanded array of NEA Student Loan Program options that provides NEA members and their families more choices to better meet their education financing needs.

In addition to the NEA® Smart Option (Undergraduate) Student Loan® by Sallie Mae®, a new NEA Parent Loan is now being offered with features as follows: Read more

New Websites Showcase Benefits Especially for CEA Members

Where do you turn for savings on theater tickets, insurance, appliances, cars, and more? If you’re not regularly visiting the NEA Member Benefits and CEA Member Benefits websites, you’re missing out.

NEA Member Benefits recently launched a new, member-centric website that’s simple to use and structured so that you can easily find discounts on the products and services you use.

The Member Benefits section of the CEA website is celebrating one year since its redesign, and we’ve just recently added a new feature, which showcases limited-time offers.

Make full use of your CEA and NEA memberships—don’t let these savings pass you by.