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Property tax cuts may be on the way for Texans this year. Using some of the state’s $30-billion budget surplus, Texas legislators recently passed what they call “the largest property tax cut in the history of Texas,” which aims to reduce the average Texas homeowner’s annual property tax bill by roughly $1,300 according to lawmakers....
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“Should I keep my life insurance policy?” This is a question our clients often ask, especially those who have been paying life insurance premiums on their policies for several years or decades. To explore this question, let’s review life insurance’s main purpose. Why and When It’s Important to Have Life Insurance While there are several...
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Congratulations on making it to college and doing all the work to get there!  Now you are there, and college has opened your eyes to endless opportunities.  It has also filled you with endless questions.  What is this? What does that mean?  Do I need to do this now?  When will I need it in...
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How you contribute or withdraw from your IRAs, 401ks and other retirement plans in the coming years will be impacted. Here's how.
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1. What is long-term care? Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care: Skilled care: Generally round-the-clock care that’s given by professional health care providers such as nurses, therapists, or aides under a doctor’s supervision.Intermediate care: Also...
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Life insurance has come a long way since the days when it was known as burial insurance and used mainly to pay for funeral expenses. Today, life insurance is a crucial part of many estate plans. You can use it to leave much-needed income to your survivors, provide for your children’s education, pay off your...
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Making decisions about your retirement account can seem overwhelming, especially if you feel unsure about your knowledge of investments. However, the following basic rules can help you make smarter choices regardless of whether you have some investing experience or are just getting started. 1. Don’t lose ground to inflation It’s easy to see how inflation...
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            What does homeowner’s insurance cover?  Or maybe just as importantly, what does it not cover?  Whether you are a homeowner wondering if you should file a claim on recent property damage or a new home buyer looking for a homeowner’s insurance policy for the first time, these questions will no doubt come up from time to time.  One...
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A successful investor maximizes gain and minimizes loss. Though there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful and all investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, here are six basic principles that may help you invest more successfully. Long-term compounding can help your nest egg grow It’s the “rolling...
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Self-employment is the opportunity to be your own boss, to come and go as you please, and oh yes, to establish a lifelong bond with your accountant. If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to pay your own FICA taxes and take charge of your own retirement plan, among other things. Here are some planning tips. Understand self-employment tax and how...
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