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Thursday, April 27, 2017
State not exempt from family budgeting principles
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:30 PM :: 4096 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Most families in Hawaii know that they shouldn’t spend more money than they have. But somehow, Hawaii legislators haven’t gotten the message....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Hawaii Business Tax Burden -- 7th Highest in USA
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 4779 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

The experts at Anderson Economic Group have considered 11 taxes that businesses pay in order to produce the most comprehensive business tax burden ranking to date....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Maui Council to Consider 7.6% Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 4909 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

The hearing will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday April 26 in Council Chambers on the eighth floor of Kalana O Maui at 200 S. High St....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
IRS: Hawaii Legislature Voted to Destroy Employee Retirement System
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 9323 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor, Taxes

IRS Ruling: Act 1 Cash Payout to HGEA members would cost ERS its nonprofit status .... 

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Desperate to Influence Conference Committee, Caldwell Pretends to Take Responsibility for Massive GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 5061 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Caldwell introduces bill authorizing city to extend GET surcharge to pay for rail construction....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Corporate Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:33 PM :: 3912 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Corporate income taxes are one of the smallest sources of state and local tax revenue....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Rich States-Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 6594 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...after the Legislature finishes raising taxes, Hawaii will be back up to 50th....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Hawaii: April 19 is Tax Freedom Day
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 4058 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Tax Freedom Day is the day when the state as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year....

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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Tax Casualty? Maui County Carnival
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5880 Views :: Maui County, Jones Act, Taxes

The 2nd Annual Maui County Carnival, scheduled for April 6-9, 2017, has been cancelled. Skyrocketing state government fees have been blamed....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Study: House GOP Blueprint Would Put $5613 in Your Pocket, Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 AM :: 4081 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

There have been a raft of studies recently isolating the effect of certain elements of the House GOP tax reform “Blueprint” on various industries and even the 50 states....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
House Approves Massive Rail Tax Hike and 37 Other Bills
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 5479 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...an additional $1.2 billion funding package for the City’s financially troubled rail project....

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 PM :: 4132 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This is the first in a four-part map series in which we will examine the primary sources of state and local tax collections....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Caldwell Signs Tax Hikes, Spending Bills
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 5911 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

“This shows that the city is committed to funding and completing the rail project,” said Mayor Caldwell....

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
CreditAbles
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4615 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

Terms being bandied about include exemptions, deductions, and tax credits, and among tax credits there are the “CreditAbles” – refundable, nonrefundable, and assignable credits.....

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 4705 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Total Tax Burden: 11.27% – #2 in USA....

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Sunday, April 2, 2017
Economic Nexus: Solving the Online Tax Dodge
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3517 Views :: Taxes

...SB 620 would redefine how our general excise tax laws define “doing business”....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
After $2B in Tax Credits, High Tech Scammers Pay Only $27M in Taxes
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 5758 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

After burning $2B, the state received a pathetic $27.1 million in taxes from 150 companies tied to the High Technology Development Corporation....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Hawaii lawmakers barreling toward $1 billion spending increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 PM :: 4745 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Hawaii lawmakers would like us to believe that they are cutting the state budget in the current legislative session, but it’s not true....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Taxpayer Return on Investment? Hawaii ranks 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 4400 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...contrasting state and local tax collections with the quality of the services residents receive....

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Yes, Toto, Tourists Also Pay Real Property Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5811 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...this study appeared to be an outgrowth of a move by our teachers’ union....

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Sunday, March 19, 2017
A Constitutional Amendment for Education Wars, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4725 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...two bills are moving through the legislature on this subject....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Grassroot Institute Urges Caution in Light of New Revenue Projection
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:12 AM :: 4458 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Watchdog Group Says State Budget Must be Reevaluated....

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Sunday, March 12, 2017
A Constitutional Amendment for Education Wars
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5726 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

The "shall make sufficient sums available" language is used in one more place in our constitution. It's in Article XII, Section 1, relating to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Is Hawaii's Hotel Room Tax Law Obsolete?
By UHERO @ 6:59 PM :: 4345 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

With tax collections falling behind expectations, State lawmakers are pressuring the tax department to increase effort to collect uncollected taxes from internet sales....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
DBEDT Report Designed to Help HSTA Write Slush Fund into Constitution?
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 5205 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

DBEDT is measuring dollars not taxpayers. One out-of-state owner of a shopping mall, golf course, or hotel equals 1000s of individual local homeowners....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
SB1183: A Victory for the People (for now)
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 4331 Views :: Rail, Taxes

It's true that the session is far from over. And this bill could certainly end up morphing yet again....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
“Second home” tax may put affordable homes out of reach
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 4511 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...this policy likely would backfire and make all housing in the islands more expensive....

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Sunday, March 5, 2017
One Integrated Approach to Tax Fairness?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3198 Views :: Taxes

House Bill 1586 is a multi-faceted bill that seeks to change some of the characteristics of our tax system....

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
What you can do to help contain taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:05 PM :: 3268 Views :: Taxes

... the Honolulu Star-Advertiser noted with apparent alarm the “uncommonly heavy load of tax proposals still moving through both state Capitol chambers” ....

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Monday, February 27, 2017
Corporate Income Tax—50-State Comparison
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 4926 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii Corporate Income over $100K is taxed at 6.4% ....

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Hawaii Legislature Obamacare Heavy
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5040 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the amount of the penalty could be as much as $695 x 2 adults plus $695 x ½ x 3 kids = $2,432.50....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
It Doesn’t Always Pay to Make More
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:04 PM :: 4037 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

In just this legislative session, we've seen attempts to make the surcharge a permanent part of life.... We've seen proposed income tax increases. There's even an attempt to write a tax...into the state Constitution....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Earn $50K? Hawaii Takes More From Your Paycheck Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 PM :: 4515 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and if you earn $100K, Hawaii is 3rd-highest....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Forbes: Taxes Make Hawaii One of 10 Worst States for High Earners
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 4739 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and Legislators are pushing HB209 to make those rates even higher....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Need for Tax Vigilance in 2017
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3803 Views :: Taxes

The sheer number of bills related to tax or public finance is staggering. It's much more frenetic this year than in any other year I've been in this position....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
HSTA Rallies for $500M Tax Hike on Renters—House Approves on 2nd Read
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 7186 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest....

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
UHERO Slams the Skim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5102 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the State is making a ton of money off the skim....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
HIDOT Mileage Fee: Meet Big Brother the Taxman
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:45 PM :: 4751 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the system knows the driver's exact route, his speed compliance and provides ratings for his braking and cornering performance. Too much info in the hands of the government....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Demanding a Tax Hike, HSTA to Rally at Capitol
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 6235 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

to lobby for a constitutional amendment that will drastically increase property taxes....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
2017 Honolulu Rail: Advice to the Legislature
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:56 AM :: 4693 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Legislature should not approve any extensions of the GET and it should pass a bill directing the city to handle current and future deficits with its own resources. This offers hope for some accountability and cost containment....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
A 1-2 punch of tax proposals
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:25 PM :: 6600 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

The State kept 10% of the surcharge collected or $25.92 million – which is more than the Department of Taxation’s entire Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget of $24 million....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Vacation Rentals: Tax Hike Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 6:47 PM :: 5975 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

There are 20 bills currently on the table dealing with vacation rentals....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Don’t mug taxpayers to pay for Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 AM :: 3685 Views :: Taxes

...give everybody a pay raise--by cutting taxes....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Unfunded Pensions – Tip of the Iceberg?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5677 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Is a 7% return on investment sustainable into the future? Another organization that studied the issue said that a more realistic rate of return would be the “risk-free” rate, which they calculated at 2.344%....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 4366 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest
By UHERO @ 12:22 AM :: 6774 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...an owner of an investment property in Honolulu worth less than half a million dollars can expect to see his (her) combined City and State property tax bill double....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Hawaii GE Tax Bites into 99.21% of personal income
By Tax Foundation @ 4:52 PM :: 4219 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state’s personal income....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
UHERO: The Exorbitant Cost of Collecting Honolulu’s Rail Surcharge Tax
By UHERO @ 1:43 AM :: 4365 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii’s State Government has unnecessarily profited from the Honolulu rail project....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Recycling Company Cited for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 6064 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

The company had also placed discarded materials and equipment in a drainage ditch that is recognized as a state water body and protected by state and federal regulations....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
‘Challenging and exciting times’
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:07 PM :: 4575 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...challenging times include high shipping costs, high taxes, a high rate of public sector unionism, shaky government pension programs, inadequate housing supply and pervasive homelessness, excessive business and employment regulations, cronyism and corruption....

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