Viewpoints

Taxing Thoughs: 5 reasons why the IRS will audit you
Each year, the IRS audits over 1 million tax returns. With agency resources shrinking, the IRS is more selective when choosing tax returns to audit. Knowing what the IRS is...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have woken up and realized that we are less than two weeks away from Christmas. If you are one of the many people who have been putting it off,...
Reflections| upon municipal government: Some acorns to remember
I had the privilege of working as assistant city attorney for the City of Beaumont from 1964 to 1966; as city attorney of the City of Orange from 1967-1969; as city...
taxing| thoughts - Understanding tax terms: Head of Household
T he tax term head of household is one of the more misunderstood tax phrases inside the U.S. tax code. However, if your situation warrants head of household...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real had a gorgeous weekend to catch up on many of the things that had fallen to the wayside during all the rainy weather and football games. ...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
As we head into the holiday season and you gather with friends and family, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Here are five things...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have put the turkey behind them or in front of them, (it just depends on how you carry your weight), and moved on to getting ready for Christmas....
taxing| thoughts It’s your (and the IRS’s) lucky day: You won a...
When you win a prize, there are really two winners: you and the taxing authorities. Should you be fortunate enough to win that trip of a lifetime to the French Riviera in...
Notes| from the Fox Den
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Fox Den! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you were able to spend time with friends, family...


High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are beginning to get a little waterlogged as the rains keep coming and the mud gets deeper. All the things that folks have been needing to do...
TAXING| thoughts Understanding tax terms: Pass-through entities
Small business owners have a number of options on how to organize their business for tax purposes. Many small, single owner, businesses are not incorporated, and are deemed...
Dr. David| discusses Mental illness stigma
“I can’t deal with you anymore! You’re nothing but a worthless, useless, lazy, cancer patient!” Would you be able to hear anyone utter this statement without instinctively...
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...