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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...
Taxing thoughts: Putting off getting SS benefits nets bigger payoffs
You can begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefit as early as age 62. But by putting off your benefit start date you can receive a check that is 8 percent...
Matt's Money: A primer on dividends
When interest rates reach historic lows, as they have over the past 10 years, some investors in search of income-generating investments turn to dividend-yielding...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are counting down the days until school is out at the end of this week. The teachers need a break from the students, the students need a break...
Taxing Thoughts: Get your small business off the rocks
Every small business eventually hits a rough patch. It’s easy to get discouraged when it happens. But look at the upside -- you have infrastructure in place, you have...
In Good Shape with Goode
F inally summer time and I’m sure everyone has that mythological, ambiguous “summer body.” Right? I would like to start this article off by saying, please do...
Ask| a forester What is a prescribed burn and how do they help?
A prescription burn is the planned and controlled use of fire as a land management tool. Fire has always been an important part of the ecosystem. By doing prescribed...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are looking forward to summer as we have finally reached the middle of May. It’s been a long gloomy winter, but it makes a hot Texas summer...
taxing| thoughts 3 things to know about summer job taxes
Summer brings warm weather, fun outdoor activities and new opportunities to earn some additional income. However, taxes on seasonal income need to be handled with care,...