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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Solving the Online Tax Dodge with Cookies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4277 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Every year, lawmakers seeking to fund their favorite programs or services inevitably ask themselves....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Hawaii State, Local Taxes Take $129.73 per $1000 Income
By News Release @ 3:46 AM :: 3444 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii state and local taxes are the 4th highest in the USA....

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update--February 12, 2016
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 3005 Views :: Taxes

... GE Tax Hikes on the move ....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
HB2733: 25% Hike in GE Tax
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 3016 Views :: Taxes

...seeks to increase the GET by 1% and increases taxable income....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Hawaii Consumers Will Save $20M/Year Thanks to Internet Tax Abolition
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 5:16 PM :: 6220 Views :: Taxes

...this prohibition has already passed the U.S. House....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Grassroot Asks Legislature to Stop Using the GET as a Fundraising Tool
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:58 PM :: 2977 Views :: Taxes

SB 2478--0.5% surcharge to pay for a long-term care benefits program and SB 2599--raise the GET from 4% to 5% to pay for a series of education initiatives....

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Monday, February 8, 2016
State Individual Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2016
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 4323 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Temporary tax increases expired in Hawaii. The three top rate brackets were eliminated, and the top marginal rate fell from 11 percent to 8.25 percent....

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
GEMS to Cool Classrooms?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5881 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

Apparently GEMS is an attractive target for raiding because a 2014 bond issue raised $150 million for the program and little, if any, capital has been deployed to date....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Business in Hawaii: Regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 5153 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the state’s economy will continue to suffer until the regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates for businesses are removed....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
State Corporate Income Tax—Hawaii Competitive?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 AM :: 4516 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

Though often thought of as a major tax type, corporate income taxes account for just 5.3 percent of state tax collections nationally ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
UH Cancer Center: E-Cigs are Cutting Deep into our Tobacco Tax Revenue—So We’re Hitting Back
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 5739 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education, Taxes
What if people stop smoking cigarettes? How are you going to pay the mortgage and salaries?
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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Tax Is for the Birds
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3364 Views :: Taxes

...he released seven chickens in the revenue office lobby....

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Friday, January 22, 2016
Low Income Tax Relief: Hawaii Earned Income Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 8:14 PM :: 5187 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

...26 other states and the District of Columbia have implemented a state EITC....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
State-Local Tax Burden—Hawaii Ranks 14th
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 3298 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii State-Local Tax Burden as a Percent of State Income is 10.2%, ranking 14th....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Reviewing Hawaii’s FY 2017 supplemental budget
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:16 PM :: 4236 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a net increase of $297.6 million in FY 2017, an increase of 4.4%....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Expert Slams Hawaii Legislature for Lumping E-Cigs in with Tobacco
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 5051 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the new law incorrectly lumps e-cigarettes and lower-risk smokeless tobacco products in with the much more harmful nicotine cigarettes....

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Unfriendly Skies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3558 Views :: Taxes

Serious students of history may wonder what is going on. There is, after all, a federal law that prevents Hawaii taxes from touching an airline’s gross income....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Ige Budget: $104M omissions, mystery spending cuts
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:04 PM :: 4522 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

$104 million in omissions combine with mystery spending cuts to create unrealistic budget scenario....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Federal Aid? Hawaii Ranks 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:38 AM :: 4221 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... states with low levels of support tend to have higher per capita tax collections and populations with lesser reliance on federal assistance ....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Study: E-Cig Vapers and Public Health Community Should be United Against Big Tobacco
By Ed Case @ 3:59 AM :: 3814 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A recently published study proposes a pact between the public health community and the vaping community to combat a shared enemy, Big Tobacco....

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Sunday, January 3, 2016
Permanent Internet Tax Freedom
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3401 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii was one of fifteen states that were grandfathered....

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Friday, January 1, 2016
DoTax Claims IT System Success
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 3429 Views :: Taxes

Three IT systems that were old, unreliable and costly to maintain were replaced with modern scanning and mail-opening equipment....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Report: Return County TAT Deal to Status Quo Ante
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:16 PM :: 7000 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

Report of the 13-person Working Group....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Champagne Taxes? Hawaii Ranks #3 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 4259 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This Thursday night, millions of Americans will celebrate the New Year with close friends, good food, and champagne....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii’s Expensive Green Energy Program Saves No Energy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 6244 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's Green Energy Market Securitization program (GEMS) financed with $145 million in bonds....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2016: Unemployment Taxes to Drop 26%
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 5325 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Improved Rates Projected to Save Employers $50 Million....

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6115 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...our government has forced our utilities to jack up our electric bills to pay for this financing program that, to date, has not been able to underwrite a single kilowatt....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Wastebook 2015: The Farce Awakens
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:20 PM :: 4909 Views :: National News, Taxes

NASA provided $3 million for a mock trip to Mars filmed in Hawaii. Conclusion: personality conflicts arise in when people are stuck together for an extended time....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
TAT Already Applies to TVRs—but DoTax Not Enforcing it
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 PM :: 4481 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Star-Advertiser is calling for new laws when existing laws aren’t enforced by the state....

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Internet tax ban could offer relief for Hawaii businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 5:58 PM :: 3799 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii’s tax on Internet access, as well as those of six other states and their localities, will end by mid-year of 2020 if a congressional plan to permanently ban taxes on Internet access makes its way to the president’s desk....

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
An Early Christmas Present from IRS to Heald Students
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4055 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

Students often owed $40,000 or more in college loans – holding a degree they claimed was inadequate at best....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
HSTA Launches Push for 25% GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 4881 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

The bill will be introduced during the upcoming 2016 legislative session....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Does Your State Adjust Its Income Tax Brackets For Inflation?
By NCPA @ 12:01 AM :: 4363 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
...17 states (including Hawaii) do not index at all.  When tax brackets aren’t indexed for inflation, it results in what economists call “bracket creep.”....
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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Rail: Thumbing Our Nose at the Feds
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4439 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the Honolulu City Council is considering an ordinance to extend the rail tax....

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Sunday, November 22, 2015
Year-End Tax Planning Tips
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3568 Views :: Taxes

The top rates of 9%, 10%, and 11% go away at the end of 2015. The top rate effective as of the beginning of next year is 8.25%....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Hawaii Loses Ground in Business Tax Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 4418 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

State falls to #31 in national ranking....

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Monday, November 16, 2015
How High are Cell Phone Taxes in Your State?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 5008 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii Ranks 44th with a 6.3% Tax Rate....

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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Working on the Fringe
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4329 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
“Revisiting the Taxation of Fringe Benefits”
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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Feds Freeze Rail Funds? HART Knows Nothing About Caldwell’s Latest Pressure Tactic
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 6217 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Rail, Taxes

...the FTA has not reached out to HART and officials were not aware the money was in jeopardy....

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Sunday, November 8, 2015
Residency: Senator Galuteria Tangled in Lies?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:42 PM :: 6558 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Taxes

"There is no evidence that the Galuterias repaid the back property taxes on the Pakui Street residence...."

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Sunday, November 8, 2015
The Shaky Future of Bonus Depreciation
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4550 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

“50% bonus depreciation” is a system where half of the equipment cost can be deducted in the first year it is placed in service....

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Sunday, November 1, 2015
Taxing & Regulating Small Business to Death: Hawaii's Business Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 4493 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A panel discussion on the barriers to economic prosperity for businesses in Hawaii....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Bill 72: Property Tax Break for Honolulu Home Businesses
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:52 AM :: 5285 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

...homeowners of flex units face the challenge of having their entire property classified as 'Commercial', which equates to approximately 254% more in taxes....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
DoTax Mood Swings Put Extra $8M in Rail Coffers
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 4086 Views :: Rail, Taxes

State Department of Taxation officials have pointed to a lag in processing tax returns as a key reason for the swings....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ten Million Words and Counting
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3220 Views :: Taxes

...today, the federal tax code is roughly six times as long as it was in 1955, while federal tax regulations are about 2.5 times as long....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Taxpayers Sue Hawaii for Rail Money Grab
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 AM :: 4366 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii has grabbed tens of millions of dollars from Honolulu County taxpayers and diverted it to the general fund, rather than using it for a mass transit rail project as intended....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:42 PM :: 3724 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii ranks 44th at $58 per person ....

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Rail Surcharge: Necessary and Proper?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:23 PM :: 4165 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Sylvia Luke wants it as a slush fund to purchase Ali’i Place. Ernie Martin wants it to build affordable housing....

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Friday, October 16, 2015
IRS Report Reveals Average Property Tax Deductions in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 PM :: 4074 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the average property tax deduction taken on the Schedule A, per tax return, for each county....

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Sunday, October 11, 2015
Taking a Homeowner’s Exemption for a Home You Can’t Live In
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3396 Views :: Taxes

On April 13 this year, Bill 36 was introduced in the Honolulu City Council....

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