Tag Archive: Taxpayers

Aug 03 2014

Charters look for loopholes

The Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) has come out in opposition to charter school operators for attempting to weaken state rules aimed at making them more accountable for their use of taxpayers’ money. During a recent hearing at the Texas Education Agency a panel of charter operators and their supporters aired grievances about the rules, …

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Mar 16 2014

Do not forfeit past tax refunds

Does this sound familiar? A few years back your yearly earnings were pretty low so you figured you wouldn’t owe any income tax. Thus, when April 15 rolled around the following year you didn’t bother filing a tax return, knowing you wouldn’t be penalized. Big mistake. Even if your income fell below the threshold at …

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Dec 19 2013

Lone Star State: Who’s Afraid of the Alternative Minimum Tax

Year after year, Congress keeps kicking meaningful income tax reform down the road. Consequently, taxpayers continue to be stuck with an archaic, overly complicated mess that pleases no one – except perhaps some tax accountants who charge by the hour. A prime example is the dreaded alternative minimum tax (AMT). Enacted in 1969 to close …

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Dec 10 2013

Behavioral health care needs in Texas are no myth

Holiday blues and a spike in suicides are often assumed to occur during the holidays. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the supposed uptick in depression-related issues is just a myth. The challenges facing Texas’ behavioral health care system, however, are not a myth. They include: • An insufficient workforce to …

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Oct 30 2013

Healthcare.gov Glitches are not the biggest problem: Focus needs to be on Texas’ high rate of uninsured and costs to hospitals, privately insured

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee on the technical problems that have plagued the healthcare.gov open enrollment website since it went online on Oct. 1. While addressing these problems is important, the intense focus on the flawed website distracts from the …

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Sep 10 2013

Lone Star State: “Debt-at-a-Glance” Easier way to find information regarding state and local government debt

To make it simpler for Texans to look at the finances of local governments in their area- and the magnitude of their outstanding debt- Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced the rollout of new “Debt-at-a- Glance” Web pages, which detail state and local debt in an easy-to-read, shareable format. Debt-at-a-Glance outlines the outstanding debt of …

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May 06 2013

Escape tax surprises

Many taxpayers have more taxes withheld from their pay than necessary. You should try to have your income tax withholding match your actual tax liability, especially if you normally get a large refund and you would like more money in your paycheck. If not enough tax is withheld, you will owe tax at the end …

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May 03 2013

Lone Star State: Charity Scams

It’s sad but true. Following major disasters and tragedies, scam artists impersonate charities to steal money or get private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Fraudulent schemes involve solicitations by phone, social media, email or in-person. Scam artists use a variety of tactics. Some operate bogus charities that contact people by telephone to solicit money or financial …

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