Useful Links

Links to Tax and Real Estate resources

Greater Houston Real Estate investors

Business, Real Estate and Taxes

Government sites

Close to home: Houston real estate connections

Realty Investment Club of Houston – “the RICH club”
Wealth Club of Houston
Houston Real Estate Investors Facebook group
Houston 713 Area REI Facebook group
Linda Purcell-Muscarello’s Yahoo group
Cheap classes on Real Estate investing and more
Michael Plaks – classes and resources for REI investors

Too high: Protesting local property tax assessments

Appraisal districts for Texas counties
Introduction to the protest process, video by TX Comptroller
Texas Property Taxpayers’ Remedies guide
Tips and F.A.Q.s on successful protesting
Manual for the Appraisal Review Boards
Texas all-counties protest form
Harris county – Personal business property renditions
Harris county – iSettle online protest & settlement system

The American Dream: starting your own small business

US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Business Owner’s Toolkit
Small Business Development Center portal
Houston Small Business Development Center
City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity
Texas Roadmap to Starting a Business
SBA guide to writing a business plan
Sample business plans, including RE-specific
A Guide to Grant Writing For Small Businesses

Realty buzz: learning about Real Estate business

REI Club – “guru” articles
Bill Bronchick – RE attorney and investor – compare your rent to market
Texas Real Estate Commission forms
Free mortgage amortization calculator
Fancy Excel-based mortgage calculator
InfoTrak – mortgage rates and tips
Mortgage refinance rates – Texas

For CPA wannabes: do-it-yourself online tax research

Essential Links – a portal to anything tax-related
WorldWideWeb Tax – collection of tax tips and links
CPA Net – another tax portal
Small Business Taxes and Management
Old Federal and state tax forms – from 1990
National Association of Tax Practitioners
Free Online Income Tax Course
IRS – Actual law: Code and Regulations,,id=98137,00.html
The US Federal Tax Code – J.Walker
The US Federal Tax Code – Cornell
Salvation Army – guide to donation values
Goodwill – guide to donation values
H&R Block – tax estimates calculators
Review of IRS activities – Syracuse University

Dear Uncle Sam: official Federal government sites

Official Federal Government Portal
The White House
Social Security Administration
Business link to U.S. Government
Small Business Administration
Government Printing Office
Homeland Security and Immigration
Department of State
Applicable Federal Rates for lending
The Library of Congress – Thomas Law Center

Into the lion’s mouth: Visiting the IRS website

IRS – Home page (feel “at home” here?)
IRS – Forms & Publications
IRS – News
IRS – Small Businesses
IRS – Local offices in Texas,,id=98337,00.html

Don’t mess with Texas: official sites of the State of Texas

Business registration: Texas Secretary of State
Welcome to Texas: Governor business assistance
State taxes: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Texas Franchise/Margin tax
Texas Franchise/Margin tax – Frequently Asked Questions
Texas Sales and Use tax
Texas Workforce Commission (incl. unemployment taxes)
Texas Local Property taxes
Texas counties appraisal districts
Is your Texas business in good standing?
How to dissolve your Texas LLC or corporation

From sea to shining sea: Other states tax authorities

Alabama Department of Revenue
Alaska Department of Revenue
Arizona Department of Revenue
Arkansas Department of Revenue
California Franchise Tax Board
Colorado Department of Revenue
Connecticut Department of Revenue Services
Delaware Division of Revenue
D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue
Florida Department of Revenue
Georgia Department of Revenue
Hawaii Department of Taxation
Idaho State Tax Commission
Illinois Department of Revenue
Indiana Department of Revenue
Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance
Kansas Department of Revenue
Kentucky Department of Revenue
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Maine Revenue Services
Maryland Comptroller of Maryland
Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Michigan Department of Treasury
Minnesota Department of Revenue
Mississippi State Tax Commission
Missouri Department of Revenue
Montana Department of Revenue
Nebraska Department of Revenue
Nevada Department of Taxation
New Hampshire Department of Revenue
New Jersey Division of Taxation
New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department
New York State Tax Department
North Carolina Department of Revenue
North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner
Ohio Department of Taxation
Oklahoma Tax Commission
Oregon Department of Revenue
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
Rhode Island Division of Taxation
South Carolina Department of Revenue
South Dakota Department of Revenue
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Utah State Tax Commission
Vermont Department of Taxes
Virginia Department of Taxation
Washington Department of Revenue
West Virginia Department of Tax & Revenue
Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Wyoming Department of Revenue
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