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Taxes

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Comptroller: Pearl Bar Owes More Than $40K in Taxes

    According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts' office, Pearl Bar owes more than $40,000 in mixed-beverage and franchise taxes, and agents confiscated some cash as part of a "limited seizure" operation at the Washington Avenue bar this past Saturday evening. A lien has also been filed against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The Top Ten Most Corrupt Tax Breaks

    Did you know Apple Inc. was Irish? Did you know the mortgage interest deduction can be applied to yachts? Big million dollar yachts? Or that even though the five biggest oil companies made a collective $137 billion in revenue last year, they also got $20 billion in tax breaks? A year ago Citize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The Glory That Is The Texas GOP Platform

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Tax Day: The 5 Best Things About It

    Tomorrow is deadline day for filing your federal income taxes. Normally, that's a terrible thing. No one except Warren Buffett is eager to pay taxes. And it's worse for us members of the hoi polloi, for while we're handing over a big chunk of our wages, we do it knowing some one-percenter member of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Taqueria Arandas Owner Gets Year in Prison on Tax Charges

    Jesus Huerta, the owner of two Taqueria Arandas restaurants in Houston, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for filing false tax returns that underestimated income by $4.6 million over five years. Huerta was also ordered to pay $543,646 in restitution; he's already repaid $276 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    HISD Joins the Lawsuit Against State's Educational Funding Plan

    Taking it to the courthouse.​The Houston school board voted unanimously this morning (with four absentees) to join the burgeoning lawsuit against Rick Perry's latest funding scheme for public education, which cuts $5 billion over the next two years. HISD's state funding was cut $78 million th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Christian Lopez, Overtaxed Yankee Fan, The Sequel (Where He Becomes A Charity)

    Christian Lopez: Now sponsored by the champagne of bottled beers​That's it, you win, Christian Lopez. I give up. You all remember, Christian Lopez, right? (It's only been like 24 hours since I last wrote about him. Please tell me you remember.) Just in case, Lopez was the ample Yankee fan wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Protest Your Drainage Fee Via the World's Most Boring How-To Video

    The city has announced the procedures it will use to hear protests over assessed drainage fees, and they look like they're about as much fun as protesting your property tax assessment. Worse, they involve watching the above, five and a half minutes of instruction on how to use the "You think you ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Jimmy Mitlo: Incredibly Successful Machine Repairman Gets Two Years. Owes IRS $550,000

    Repairmen just don't rock the cool hats anymore.​Jimmy Mitlo is one industrious guy, but he's going to have a lot of time on his hands pretty soon. He'll be in a federal prison, perhaps contemplating how he's going to come up with the $550,000 he needs to reimburse the IRS for unpaid taxes. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Sherwood Oaks Eyesore: Owners Aren't Talking

    Welcome to Sherwood Oaks​We were intrigued by reporter Emily Akin's story on a long-vacant Sherwood Oaks strip mall that residents say is an unwelcome hangout for vandals and crackheads -- intrigued mostly because her story stated that "it's unclear who owns the property since the owner on rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Back to the `50s, But All The Way

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Celebrity Tax Cheats: Five Pieces of Crap Produced to Pay the IRS

    Tax time is looming, and even though you get a weekend reprieve this year -- the deadline is April 18, not the 15th, because of an obscure Washington, D.C. holiday -- you'd no doubt like to skip the whole thing altogether. Some famous people have taken that same route. Unfortunately for them, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Sheila Jackson Lee is Fasting for a Budget Deal

    Fasting for a "moral budget"​You probably didn't know that people are fasting as a call for a fair budget deal in Congress. Among them: our own Sheila Jackson Lee. (We didn't know of the fast until we read about it in the Houston Chronicle's religion blog.) We cannot begin to imagine what so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Higher Taxes, Fewer Teachers: HISD Readies Itself for a Tough Sell

    Margaret DowningTerry Grier and the board face tough financial decisions​Higher taxes, a sweeping change in bus times, a cut in the number of police officers in the schools and an end to special school adjustments that for the noted T.H. Rogers elementary and middle school alone would mean a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Justin Bieber, Political Sage

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Curtis Doss: Tax Collector Pleads Guilty To Misusing Public Funds, Keeps Job

    No, it was the OTHER elected position I misapplied funds in​Curtis Doss is the Tax Collector of Burleson County. Curtis Doss pleaded guilty last week to misapplying public funds. Curtis Doss will not be losing his job as Tax Collector of Burleson County. Why? The wily Doss misused public fu ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Two-Thirds Of Texans Blow Off Church; Even More Don't Want No "Social Justice" With Their Religion, Thank You

    Two-thirds of those polled knew who this guy was?​The latest UT/Texas Tribune poll shows some stuff to give Democrats hope (Rick Perry polling at his usual 39 percent, etc.), but there are also some interesting things in the throw-away questions on the survey.UT/TT polled 800 registered voters, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Rick Perry & Bill White: Midnight Is Nigh In The Great (And Silly) Deadline For Debates

    Debates over debates are so fun​The finger-pointing continued Wednesday as the great gubernatorial debate over who's at fault for not having a gubernatorial debate came to Houston.Republican Governor Rick Perry has given Democrat candidate Bill White until midnight tonight to release tax returns f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Game Time: George Steinbrenner's Death Raises Anxiety of Billionaires

    You may be rich, but your heirs may be dangerous come December​If you're one of those people that has tried a thousand different ways to take off weight, somewhere along the way you've probably tried Bill Phillips "Body For Life" program. It's a pretty popular one because (a) it works and (b) it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Bill White Releases Tax Forms; Perry Still Won't Debate

    Accountants, revel in the data​Former Houston Mayor Bill White, after months of getting pounded by Governor Rick Perry on the subject, has released his income tax forms for the time he headed the city.Click here to see the data in all its glory. Bottom line: He makes a lot more money than yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    City Budget Includes Getting More Bucks From Metro

    ​In the mayor's proposed budget, released earlier this week, Metro is on the hook for almost twice as much money than it had to pay the city in previous years.The money comes from an agreement that gives the city a portion of Metro's sales tax revenues, and the city used the money for building and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Gimme (A Tax) Shelter

    ​Even if Uncle Sam took a great big bite out of your wallet this year, there are still ways to enjoy a good meal today -- several, in fact -- thanks to local restaurants taking advantage of your newfound poverty to offer free or reduced-price goodies today. It's like a crack dealer giving you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Texas Salutes You, Mr. (or Ms.) Beer Drinker!

    Why do we salute you?  Because your enjoyment of a cold mug of suds has contributed $16 billion to the Texas economy in the last year, far more than our budding entertainment industry (only $409 million), and provided over 78,000 jobs at breweries and distributors across the state. For every $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    People Rich Enough To Own Boats Find It Easy To Evade Taxes

    Galveston County is getting screwed out of about $33,000 in property taxes from a League City marina. The county knows about it, but doesn't seem to care. On the Wharf Marina web site, it says plain as day (if you don't take into account spelling and grammatical errors) that wet slip owners "must pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Sugar Land, Missouri City Get Into The Entertainment Business

    Lost a bit in the election coverage -- although it's every bit as important as a black man getting elected president, dammit -- was the news that Sugar Land voters approved a series of proposals to create a cultural and entertainment district. The four linked proposals passed rather easily. They al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Taqueria Arandas Offers Tax Fraud On The Side (Allegedly)

    Taqueria Arandas stores are all over Houston -- the place to go (for some people) for a full meal or something from the bakery. And, apparently, a place to find a tax cheat. Eight Taqueria Arandas owners have been charged with filing false income-tax returns that deprived the feds of more than $4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Taqueria Arandas Offers Tax Fraud On The Side (Allegedly)

    Taqueria Arandas stores are all over Houston -- the place to go (for some people) for a full meal or something from the bakery. And, apparently, a place to find a tax cheat. Eight Taqueria Arandas owners have been charged with filing false income-tax returns that deprived the feds of more than $4 ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 12, 2007
  • News

    January 6, 2005

    Holiday Spirit

    A real-life Christmas move in Kemah

  • News

    November 20, 2003

    Political Identity Crisis

    Ronald Green's the only black Democrat left on the city ballot. Or is he?

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    Food Fight Indigestion

    A losing lobbyist claims a councilman switched after failing to get his pals in on the deal

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    More District D Footprints

    Airing out Darryl Carter's dirty laundry, with the help of Womack's campaign

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    NoDo Invades; Rebels Skirmish

    A downtown taxing zone flushes the Warehouse District from its quaint quarters

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Gadfly

    Dan Hart

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Officials Probe Refund Collector

    Dallas CPA failed to use required disclaimers in collecting a quarter-million dollars

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    The Vulture Factor

    Officials ought to do more to protect the elderly from tax schemes

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    Doug's Deals

    Real estate consultant Williams continues to serve two masters

  • News

    October 21, 1999

    Ad Nauseam

    Despite what the campaign says, that new arena will cost plenty

  • News

    July 29, 1999

    Trash Talk

    Condo groups want the mayor to pay up on a campaign promise

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Striking Out

    Reid Ryan embarked on a new career as a team owner facing one big obstacle: voter approval of a new stadium. Then he called in a campaigner with the perfect pitch: a father named Nolan.

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Bush Dole

    The Guv readies surplus handouts in a legislative lovefest

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    Embarrassing Little Secrets of Hotel Six

    Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You ...

  • News

    April 16, 1998

    Tales From the IRS

    Three stories of taxman terror

  • News

    September 4, 1997

    Sweet Deal

    Why did county commissioners agree to subsidize a swanky golf resort that will benefit a wealthy Harris County developer?

  • News

    November 28, 1996

    Midtown Jamboree

    Why let a few conflicts of interest get in the way of a grand redevelopment scheme?

  • News

    June 6, 1996

    Cash from CACHH

    As arts funding shrinks, the downtown powers rush to make sure they get theirs

  • News

    June 8, 1995

    The Rule of Men, Not Law

    Who gave Lanier & Co. permission to loot Metro? They did.

  • News

    June 1, 1995
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