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August 2019 Archives

IRS waives penalties for 400,000 filers

The IRS has seemingly bent over backward this year in light of the significant overhaul to the tax code that applied for the first time. Now it announced that it is automatically waiving the estimated tax penalty to 400,000 eligible taxpayers who filed in 2019 (for 2018) but did not claim the for paying at least 80% of their final tax obligation. Down from the usual 90% without penalty, the agency first announced it would lower the penalty threshold to 85% on January 15 and then to 80% on March 22.

Millennials have specific priorities in home buying

The mortgage rates hover at historic lows with the percentage dropping a full point in the last year. This is good news for potential buyers and sellers of residential real estate. However, even in the highly competitive real estate market of Austin, millennials have specific priorities, which may or may not jive with sellers.

Summer-themed tax tips

The Texas heat can be unbearable, but people of all ages look forward to the summer months. There are many fun things to do for families with young folks not in school, the cost of which can often qualify for tax credits or deductions. Parents of older kids also need to remember that those with part-time work or a full-time seasonal job can file a federal tax return to get back money if they are due to get a refund on money withheld on paychecks.

Helpful information when dealing with land use disputes

When you buy a piece of property in Texas, you probably have specific intentions for how you want to use it. Whether it's a home for your family, building for your business or land for future development, you want to know if you will be able to follow through with the plans you have in mind. There are certain things, however, that can stand between you and those goals. 

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