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Tax Issues on The Horizon

Hidden Property Taxes Are you frustrated with your rising property tax bill? Are you wondering how your elected officials keep promising no major tax increases, yet your tax bills continue to rise? If you are asking these questions, you are not alone. Mention your tax bill to a group of homeowners and you will find yourself joined by a chorus of frustrated Texas property owners. Texas has one of the
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Take Action Now – Prevent Tax on Real Estate

The Texas Senate is hearing important tax-relief proposals this week. Key among the provisions are SB 1 and SJR 1 (Nelson), the legislation that would greatly increase the homestead exemption, as well as constitutionally ban the establishment of a tax on real estate transactions. TAR is also proud to support SB 7 (Nelson) and SB 8 Schwertner), which will provide tax relief to small business owners. Your immediate action will
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84th Legislative Preview: What’s at stake for your business next year?

Texas is changing. From the steady increase in our population to the politicians who hold statewide offices, these changes and others will significantly impact your business. We have a new governor, a new lieutenant governor, a new comptroller, and new faces in many other statewide offices. Texas has not seen this type of turnover in more than a decade, and the new Texas Legislature will feel its effects. Houston Association of REALTORS® is

Are You Missing Out on Important Tax Breaks?

With tax time upon us, it is important to maximize every deduction that you could take. Sometimes an overlooked tax deduction could cost you literally thousands of dollars more than you need to pay. Read this article just to make sure you aren't leaving money in the IRS' pocket that should be in yours. http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/3-valuable-tax-deductions-that-real-estate-pros-often-overlook/
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Houston Fly-In With Key Washington Staffer

Each spring, REALTORS® and association staff across the nation prepare for our annual congressional visits in Washington, D. C. These visits, held during the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Mid-Year Meeting, give us an opportunity to have face-to-face time with our U. S. Representatives and Senators and communicate with our federal lawmakers about how certain issues affect consumers back home in their legislative districts and advocate on their behalf. In