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Note: An HDHP plan has minimum deductible requirements that are typically higher than traditional health insurance. To qualify for an HSA, your coverage must have out-of-pocket payment limits in line with the maximums noted above. Taxing Thoughts: New contribution limits are on the horizon
The savings limits for the ever-popular health savings accounts (HSA) are now set for 2020. The new limits are outlined here with current year...

Pet Talk: Keeping your pet safe in the summer heat
Summer brings with it an expectation of sweltering temperatures, sometimes to the point of danger. As temperatures climb, remember that if you are...

Where in the world: Oregon lighthouses create magnetic interest
A group of college girlfriends were having reunions several years ago, gathering at different places. First year was at one of the girl’s family beach house on Bolivar...
Photo by Sam Hopkins
Evan Hopkins was assistant movie reviewer for Toy Story 4, giving his potato rating to Tater Tot. At the movies....
Spud Nut, Men In Black: International (PG-13, 120 minutes) should have been titled Men And Women In Black since Emma Thompson is now head of the...

High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are still listening to the rumble of debris trucks going up and down the highway with loads of trees and brush from the Saturday, April 13...
Taxing thoughts: Audits rates decline for seventh year in a row
The IRS reported audit rates declined last year for the seventh year in a row and reached their lowest level since 2002. That’s good news for...

Time to dine: Beat the heat with a Pink Flamingo sno-cone
With the sweltering heat rising everyday, it’s easy to find yourself sweating bullets and in need of a cool refreshing beverage. Well, if you’re...

High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are about to take busy to another level as the warm nights and wet weather has grass and hay growing at a fevered...

Taxing Thoughts: Reminder: Second quarter estimated taxes due
If you have not already done so, now is the time to review your tax situation and make an estimated quarterly tax payment using Form 1040-ES. The second quarter due date is...
From the desk of Travis Clardy
As the 86th Legislative Session wrapped up, I am pleased to report that nine of the bills I filed have passed out of the Senate and are headed to Governor Abbott’s desk to...
Photo by Chris Davis
Four generations of Hazel Jones’ family was present at the Lynches Chapel Cemetery Homecoming. Pictured are Hazel Jones, her daughter Sheila, her granddaughter Lisa and her great granddaughter Kadance. High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are enjoying the first week of June in the usual way. Wringing wet with sweat from the humidity, swatting at...

Audit Rate Statistics for Individuals taxing| thoughts 2018 audit rates -- don’t get complacent
The IRS reported audit rates declined last year for the seventh year in a row and reached their lowest level since 2002. That’s good news for...

Nichols’ 5 Cents - Nichols ends 86th session with success
On Monday last week, the 86th Legislative Session convened Sine Die, marking the end of another successful legislative session for Texas. “The Legislature came together...
Gooden: Let’s defund sanctuary cities
The immigration system in the United States is plagued with a myriad of problems, many of which are fueled by illegal immigration. Simply put, we do not have control over...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real enjoyed their first near perfect weekend in quite a few weeks. It was just in time for the start of summer vacations. After the winter and...