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End-of-the-Year Tax Advice for 2015

Posted on · Between now and the end of the calendar year, you might 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 – financial moves you make between now and the end of the month can impact the […]

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2016 Economic Forecast and Your Tax Questions: Monday’s Show (December 7, 2015)

Posted on · The Greater Houston Partnership unveils its annual economic outlook and employment forecast today (Dec. 7, 2015). The report provides an outlook for business and job growth in Greater Houston for 2016. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear what the GHP’s outlook is for Greater Houston’s economy next year, as Michael Hagerty talks with […]

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Mayor Calls for Changes to the City’s Revenue Cap

Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property […]

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Taxes, Confederate Symbols and Cat-Killing Vet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Houstonians identifying solutions to traffic problems but not wanting to pay for them, to the UT Austin campus joining the growing cacophony in opposition to Confederate statues and symbols, to a Brenham veterinarian not facing charges after allegedly boasting on Facebook she shot a cat through the head with an arrow: we discuss The […]

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Houstonians Hate The City’s Bad Roads, But Pay For Improving Them?

Posted on · This week, we've been delving deeper into some of the specific issues and challenges addressed in the recent News 88.7/KHOU 11 voter poll. Houston voters cited two issues as the most important problems the city faces, but as Florian Martin reports, most voters are unwilling to put up the money to fix them.  

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How Far Do Your Tax Dollars Go Toward Road Funding?

Posted on · Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that's not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half […]

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Funding Roads, Insects, and Hacking: Thursday’s Show (May 14, 2015)

Posted on · Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that's not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half […]

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How to Dispute Your Property Appraisal

Posted on · Many homeowners in Harris County may still be reeling from a property appraisal notice they recently received in the mail. Officials say about 90 percent of Harris County saw an increase in their property value. Of course, that also means a hike in taxes. To discuss why home values have gone up, and how Harris […]

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Flush with Revenue, Should Texas Cut Property Taxes or Pay for Long-Overdue Projects?

Posted on · Tyler Republican State Sen. Kevin Eltife is working to build support for a combination of bills he believes will provide both a property tax cut and set a path to spend money on deferred road maintenance and paying off some pension liabilities, among other state needs. Eltife argues that while the state is unusually flush […]

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Expert Advice for Filing Your 2014 Taxes

Posted on · The April 15 tax deadline is just over a month away. And tax time always tend to add a little bit of stress to many people’s lives. Filing taxes, after all, can be complicated, but Houston Matters is here to help! We welcome your questions for a pair of tax experts, who can address everything […]