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Answers to Your Year-End Tax Questions

Posted on · Between now and the end of the calendar year, you may have some decisions to make about your taxes — from tax-deductible charitable gifts, to transactions with tax implications, to financial transfers from one type of account to another. The financial moves you make between now and the end of the month can impact the […]

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Office for New Americans, and Your Year-End Tax Questions: Tuesday (December 20, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Dec. 12, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner announced he was creating an Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities for the City of Houston. Mayor Turner said goal is to “improve access to city services for all Houstonians.” And the mayor said the office will work as an information source for Houston’s large immigrant […]

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Despite a Strong Housing Market, Foreclosures Are Still a Problem in Houston

Posted on · Much has been made recently about the housing industry here in Houston – home prices are up. It’s a seller’s market. It’s also a market that has its share of foreclosures. A recent study from the University of Houston’s Hobby Center for Public Policy examines the factors that contribute to foreclosures in Houston. Over 16 […]

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Do Supreme Court of Texas Justices Disclose Enough About Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest?

Posted on · The nonprofit investigative journalism organization the Center for Public Integrity last month gave failing grades to 42 states and the District of Columbia when it comes to their rules regarding financial disclosures. That’s the  information judges are required to publish regarding gifts they receive or their own financial situations — things that could be conflicts […]

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Are University Debit Cards Misleading Students?

Posted on · Many colleges and universities have arrangements with banks and other financial institutions to provide students with debit cards. Some function as IDs, some are used to provide students who may not have a bank account with a way to access financial aid. Consumer groups like the Better Business Bureau and the Public Interest Research Group […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 16, 2013

Posted on · Houston is a city constantly in flux, redefining itself, rethinking itself. In a community and – let’s face it – a society constantly on the move, we can sometimes lose historical and cultural experiences along the way. From Astroworld’s carousel (left) to the downtown Houston Foley’s department store, from homes and offices to hotels, stores, and […]