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Tax Tips for 2016, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (February 24, 2017)

Posted on · The federal income tax deadline is just a little under two months away (April 18, 2017), but being prepared well in advance is never a bad idea. Preparing your taxes, after all, can be complicated, so on this edition of Houston Matters, we’re here to help! Craig Shenkman, a CPA and partner with BDO USA, […]

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Congressman Kevin Brady Discusses Obamacare and Taxes

Posted on · Congressman Kevin Brady represents Texas’ 8th congressional district, which begins at The Woodlands and stretches north along Interstate 45 through portions of Montgomery and Walker Counties. The Republican has held the position since 1997. Rep. Brady, who serves as the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, joins us to talk about some of […]

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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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HISD Recapture and Sunnyside: Tuesday’s Show (October 25, 2016)

Posted on · Texas state lawmaker Jimmy Don Aycock recently bemoaned how "property value increases have triggered the ‘Robin Hood' feature" of a school funding system which, in essence, requires HISD to send money to other districts. Aycock notes the same thing has happened to Austin, Spring Branch and other districts — and the Dallas school district may […]

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Municipal IDs, Pokemon Go, and The Addicts: Tuesday’s show (July 26, 2016)

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he's reviewing the possibility the city may create a municipal ID. Municipal IDs are identification cards issued by cities or municipalities, used for a variety of reasons – some good, and some bad, depending on your point of view. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about municipal […]

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What Do Your Property Taxes Pay for and What Reforms Might Be on the Way?

Posted on · You've probably received your property tax estimate, and perhaps you’ve disputed the amount. We talk with Scott Hochberg, a former state representative who served on the public education committee, about what your taxes pay for when it comes to schools. And we also speak with State Sen. Paul Bettencourt about the recent legislative changes to […]

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Mexican-American Textbook Controversy and Property Tax Reform: Friday’s Show (June 3, 2016)

Posted on · Recently Texas made national headlines for the states' new Mexican-American Heritage textbook. The book was much anticipated by some — after heated discussions in 2014. However, the response to the published book from the Mexican-American community wasn't exactly what the Texas Education Agency was hoping for. Tony Diaz, writer and activist with El Librotraficante, told […]

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Tax Exempt Status for Churches: What’s the Impact on Greater Houston?

Posted on · Since 1894, churches have been exempt from paying federal income taxes, and they’re also exempt from paying property taxes in all 50 states. This can sometimes be a contentious issue like in Friendswood recently, when a church bought 135 acres of land and applied for a tax exemption on the entire property — with an […]

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Why the Halliburton/Baker Hughes Merger Failed: Tuesday’s show (May 10, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (May 2, 2016), Halliburton and Baker Hughes — two of the world's biggest oilfield services companies, headquartered in Houston — called off an estimated $28 billion merger. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss why the deal ultimately fell through — and what the impact may be on Houston. We welcome your […]

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Can We Keep All of Houston From Being Audited? Your Tax Questions Answered

Posted on · 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! We welcome your questions for CPA Craig Shenkman. He’s a partner with BDO USA and can address everything […]

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Your Tax Questions and Loreena McKennitt: Thursday’s Show (March 3, 2016)

Posted on · 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 CPA Craig Shenkman. He’s a partner with […]