Viewpoints

Taxing Thoughts: New mileage rates announced by the IRS
Mileage rates for travel are now set for 2019. The standard business mileage rate increases by 3.5 cents to 58 cents per mile. The medical and...

High Points from El Camino Real
All of the good chocolates have been eaten and only the ones with the pink and orange insides are left amongst the wrappers in the heart shaped boxes. The roses are...
Where in the world
The travel industry has changed dramatically in the 35 years that I have been involved in the industry as a travel agent. Airlines used to give free tickets to top...
Paddling strokes: Sabine River sand bass report
Folks, the quick report of kayak Sand Bass fishing the Sabine River this week to McFadden’s Landing is, ‘the trip was fantastic!’ Thirty-four sand bass, each weighing...
Taxing  thoughts: New baby means new tax situation
For new parents, information is coming from every direction – feeding times, car seats, sleep schedules, strollers, child development and of course ... taxes. What most...
Tech talk: Google+ to shut down -- why this should concern you
When I talked to Megan at the Cherokeean about doing this, first thing I thought was “What in the world am I going to write about?” Then I read about something that affects...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Love is in the air along El Camino Real as lovers race to buy that special person in their lives bouquets of roses, boxes of chocolates, and a cheap card from the rack at...
From the desk of Travis Clardy
This week, the Texas House and Senate met twice in joint sessions to hear from Governor Abbott and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Nathan Hecht. The State of the...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
We have made it through the first month of session. This week, Texas Association of Counties held their legislative day, and we were able to welcome Judges and County...
From the desk of Travis Clardy
Over the past week, House committees began hearings on appropriations, property tax reform, and school finance. One of the most newsworthy events of the week was the filing...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
The fourth week of session has been a busy one as Senate Finance continues to meet every day to hear from every agency in the State. This week we have heard from agencies...
High Points| from El Camino Real
January is rapidly drawing to a close on El Camino Real and thoughts are beginning to turn to spring. Fishermen are dusting off their rods and reels and are thinking of...
taxing thoughts - Beware the tax torpedo
Putting off distributions and holding assets in your retirement accounts as long as possible may seem like a good idea, but waiting too long can cause a major tax problem....
From the desk of Travis Clardy
This week, Speaker Dennis Bonnen released the much-anticipated House committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session. I was pleased to be appointed to two important...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
The third week of session has been a busy one, with the pace beginning to pick up. The fun is only beginning for this legislative session. Here are five things happening at...