Viewpoints

TAXING| thoughts: Rent your property tax free
Most income you receive is taxable income that is reported to you and to the federal/state tax authorities. However, renting out your home or vacation property on a...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are glad to see another election behind them, but not as much as the people who run for office. It’s certainly a nerve wracking experience,...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, I am thankful for the opportunity to represent East Texas in Austin as your State Senator. I hope this holiday for you is filled...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are trying to figure out how they are going to get heir kids settled down after they all get juiced up on Halloween Candy. And the teachers are...
Taxing thoughts: Salvage that sunken uncollectible debt
There are few things as frustrating as not being paid what is owed to you. If it becomes clear the debt is not going to be paid, you might be able to recoup some of the...
Matt's Money: Demographic dilemma: Is America’s aging population...
It’s no secret that the demographic profile of the United States is growing older at a rapid pace. While the U.S. population is projected to grow just 8% between 2015 and...
High points along El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have been busy this week trying to figure up what they are going to dress up for on Halloween. I’ve pondered the idea myself but then decided...
Taxing Thoughts: Five finance tips everyone wishes they had followed
Sadly, it usually takes hard-won experience and costly mistakes to really internalize good financial advice. Here are some of the top five things we all wish we knew and...
Rusk alum chases dream
Young men and women with big dreams really excite me. This story is about an 18-year-old from East Texas staying at the Slaton Harvey House, who is...


High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are beginning to pull out their fall decorations and carve their pumpkins for Halloween as October speeds by. Pumpkin recipes are filling the...
Taxing thoughts: Now is a great time to organize your tax records
The time to organize your tax records is now. Waiting until the end of the year or, even worse, waiting until you are audited can lead to headaches. Here are some tips to...
Where in the World
Cruising and cruise ships have evolved over the years. Early cruise ships were exclusively for the ‘rich and famous’ where strolling on the deck, dressed to the nines, was...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have spent this week reminiscing and trying to remember everything they did in high school. October is sure turning into one of the busiest...
Taxing Thoughts: What does the IRS have on you? Here is how you can...
There are multiple situations where you need to find out what the IRS knows about you. It could be for the purpose of obtaining a loan, refinancing your house, or...
Notes from the Fox Den
When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there...