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April 15 is fast approaching -- are you prepared? With many still procrastinating, and many still questioning the particulars of the Economic Stimulus rebate, we at thought you'd appreciate the best of our recent tax-related columns (by Rick Munarriz), as well as other recent tax-related coverage.

Bush Gives Congress 90 Days to Pass Colombia Trade Deal
U.S. President George W Bush on Monday gave Congress 90 days to approve a free-trade agreement with Colombia, telling Democrats who oppose the deal that it is vital for the U.S. economy and national security interests. Democratic Party leaders immediately attacked Bush for abusing his "fast-track" authority, which forces a straight "yes" or "no" vote in Congress on trade deals without allowing legislators to make amendments.

Yahoo Not Opposed to Deal with Microsoft
Search engine operator Yahoo isn't opposed to a transaction with Microsoft, but has rejected the software company's current offer of nearly $41 billion in cash and stock as "not in the best interests of shareholders."

Clintons' Tax Records Released
Responding to weeks of criticism from the Obama camp, presidential hopeful Hilary Rodham Clinton has released her tax filings (jointly filed with husband, former President Bill Clinton) from 2000-2006, and provided an estimate of the 2007 filings, which they have not yet completed.

HispanTelligence Research
For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2007 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 375 companies and Web addresses for 430 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2005 and 2006.

South Leads US in Fastest Hispanic Growth
The geographic dispersion of the U.S. Hispanic population continues. States with small Hispanic populations have shown the greatest growth in the last decade with seven of the 10 fastest-growing states in the South.

U.S. Hispanic Media Market: Projections to 2010
Advertisers' efforts to reach Hispanic consumers are becoming more targeted, and language is a major factor. Advertisers spent more than $3.3 billion to market products to U.S. Hispanics in 2005, a 6.8 percent increase from 2004.

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The Winner's Circle: Hispanic Business Magazine's Elite Women
Today, due to advancements in women's rights and education, more Hispanic women than ever are rising to the top of the corporate, government, and academic hierarchy. Every April since 2003, Hispanic Business magazine has reported on the notable achievements being made by Hispanic women. Read the full text of this article for the reveal of this year's Woman of the Year and Elite 20.

Jennifer Hernandez Helps Developers Transform Contaminated Properties
Where some see run-down and polluted factories, Jennifer Hernandez sees new homes, commercial developments and neighborhood parks. She's is an attorney who specializes in the restoration of brownfields - polluted land where former industrial and commercial buildings once stood. Once shunned as being undesirable, these brownfields are suddenly in demand, as the search for urban, developable land has intensified. As a the head of law firm Holland & Knight's environmental practice in San Francisco, Ms. Hernandez is routinely assigned complex and challenging cases.

In Tough Game of Politics, Sen. Romero Uses Her Wits to Win
Gloria Romero, the majority leader in the California State Senate and one of Hispanic Business magazine's Outstanding Women to Watch of 2008, represents a sprawling section of East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley that encompasses approximately 850,000 residents. Sen. Romero won her Senate seat in 2001, after a hard-fought campaign and quickly developed a reputation as one of the hardest-working, most knowledgeable, and politically skilled legislators in Sacramento.

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