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Tax Prep and Accordion Throwdown: Thursday’s show (March 5, 2015)

  The April 15 tax deadline is just over a month away. Tax time always tends to add some stress to our lives. Preparing your taxes, after all, can be complicated, but Houston Matters is here to help! On this edition of the program, we welcome your questions for a pair of tax experts, who can address everything from new tax laws to eligible deductions […]

 

The April 15 tax deadline is just over a month away. Tax time always tends to add some stress to our lives. Preparing your taxes, after all, can be complicated, but Houston Matters is here to help!

On this edition of the program, we welcome your questions for a pair of tax experts, who can address everything from new tax laws to eligible deductions to the forms you need to fill out.

Our guests: Craig Shenkman, CPA and partner with BDO USA; and Bruce McGovern, professor of law at South Texas College of Law.

Also this hour: As former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faces scrutiny over a suggested lack of transparency in her e-mail policies, a bill filed in the Texas Legislature seeks to address how much or how little transparency should exist in Texas government. Republican Representative Mike Schofield from Katy has proposed HB 1118, which would limit the scope of the Texas Public Information Act. We learn what the state’s Public Information Act currently requires and how it’s been interpreted over the years as we talk with Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, professor at South Texas College of Law.

Plus: The early teen years are a time when many kids take their first band class, or tool around on a drum set they got for Christmas. Maybe they learn the school’s fight song on the trumpet, or try to top their high score on Rock Band. But as Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty learned while attending a recent “accordion throwdown,” some Texas kids learn to play an instrument like the accordion with a loftier goal in mind: preserving cultural heritage.

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