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Sunday, June 13, 2021
Taxing Government Largesse
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1445 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...“Landlords are subject to GET on these amounts whether the payments are received from the tenants or directly from the agency that administers the relief program on behalf of the tenant.”  The same reasoning applies to income tax, federal and state....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
Another Hawaii Couple Indicted in Sovereignty-Related Tax Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 2411 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... The Hawvers and the Chocks were plaintiffs alongside Rose Dradi, a Keanu Sai-Dexter Kiama collaborator, in a now-dismissed Sept 7, 2018 lawsuit claiming the IRS had no legal authority to collect taxes from them ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
DLNR: Tourists Must Pay $20 to Go Fish
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 1608 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Today, Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 1023 into law. It establishes and requires a marine recreational fishing license for all non-Hawai‘i residents ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
HB1019: Ige Signs $30M Fee Hike on Dive Tours
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 1492 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Depending on tourism numbers, the user fee could generate anywhere from $14 million to more than $30 million over 15 years ....

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Sunday, June 6, 2021
Enjoying Your Maui Resort Condo? Now Pay Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1675 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Some taxpayers on Maui are getting a nasty surprise this year because they didn’t do anything, and their real property tax rate doubled ....

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
​Taxes: How Hawaii Can Gouge Teleworkers
By News Release @ 5:52 AM :: 1351 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Taxing teleworking income from different states ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
How Much Does Your State Collect in Property Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:11 AM :: 1313 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii collects $1,258 per capita ....

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
General Excise Exemptions to be Shut Off for Two Years? 
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1797 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... “Frankenbill” House Bill 58 has cleared the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk waiting to become law ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Community Meetings set for O‘ahu Storm Water Master Plan
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 1161 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Taxes

... Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Hawaii GE Tax Highest In USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:39 PM :: 1413 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... In fiscal year (FY) 2018, the highest state sales tax collections per capita were found in Hawaii ($2,694) ....

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Sunday, May 9, 2021
State/Federal Changes in Income Tax Coming
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1699 Views :: Taxes

... Income tax is a complicated enough subject already ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
These Tax Bills Got Sent to the Governor - Hold on to your wallets!
By Video @ 3:24 AM :: 1788 Views :: Taxes

... There were significant changes in net income tax, exemptions suspended for the GET, a new 3% bump for the transient accommodations tax, tripling and quadrupling tax rates for conveyances of real property, and more ....

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Hawaii Corporate Tax Costs Compared to 50 States
By Tax Foundation @ 11:42 PM :: 1400 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Manufacturing faces exceedingly high rates of taxation in Hawaii, but some other firms benefit from generous incentives, reducing tax costs or even yielding negative rates of tax ....

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Sunday, May 2, 2021
Counties, the TAT Is Now Your Problem Too!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1369 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... For many years, the counties and the State have been bickering about how much support from the State’s transient accommodations tax (TAT) they should get ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Hawaii Individual Income Tax $1,711 per person
By Tax Foundation @ 6:47 PM :: 1490 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii 9th-Highest State and Local Individual Income Tax Collections Per Capita ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Maui, Kauai Mayors to Pursue TAT Tax Hike
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 1819 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 862 authorizes counties to impose a new hotel room tax of up to 3% ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
​How to tell which bills to veto
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 1534 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the spotlight is moving toward Gov. David Ige .... 

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Modernizing Rental Car and Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Taxes for a Post-Pandemic Future
By Tax Foundation @ 6:21 PM :: 1492 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii’s Department of Taxation adopted rules in February 2021 to levy the state’s rental car tax onto peer-to-peer car sharing by interpreting car sharing platforms as being the lessor of the vehicles on the marketplace ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
Is the Pacific Ocean now “ceded land?”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 2265 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... HB1019, creating a new OHA revenue stream at the expense of small dive-tour businesses, is quietly heading to conference committee ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Hawaii State and Local Taxes $7,332 per person
By Tax Foundation @ 2:59 AM :: 1647 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii taxes 5th highest in USA ....

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Sunday, April 11, 2021
Bride of Frankenbill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1564 Views :: Taxes

... our lawmakers are not stopping at just one Frankenbill ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
2021 Legislature almost pau, and thank goodness for that
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:38 AM :: 1431 Views :: Taxes

... Nobody's life, liberty or property are ever safe when our lawmakers get together, but there could actually be some bright spots this year ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Does ARPA Outlaw Hawaii Tech and Film Tax Credit Expansion?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:28 PM :: 1669 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

"...Hawaii increased the cap on its film incentives and decoupled from federal restrictions on research and development tax credits...."

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Sunday, April 4, 2021
​Return of the Frankenbill!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1546 Views :: Taxes

... assembling bits and pieces from cadavers and then bringing it to life using some unexplained method ....

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Saturday, April 3, 2021
Ige Joins other High-Tax State Governors to Call on Biden to Restore $670B Federal Subsidy
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 1718 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction Cap forces 11 million rich liberals to pay $670 billion in reparations for their decision to allow tax-and-spend Democrats to run their states, school districts, and municipalities .... 

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Friday, April 2, 2021
"Tax the rich" not the answer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:44 PM :: 1387 Views :: Taxes

... Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax collector was a villain? ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:00 PM :: 1740 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... tax burden measures the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1703 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

"... The Aa2 rating on the State of Hawaii's general obligation bonds recognizes the significant fiscal challenges posed by the current health and economic crisis...."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
​Should Hawaii Raise Taxes on 'the Rich'? 
By Video @ 4:38 AM :: 1387 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... state policymakers are determined to raise taxes with bills such as SB56 and HB58. They say their hikes are aimed at 'the rich', but they’re not looking at the whole economic picture ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
Frankenbill: SB56 Tax Hikes Grafted on to HB58
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:12 PM :: 1259 Views :: Taxes

... three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill” ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Maintenance of Effort, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1364 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... SB815 creates a “public education stabilization trust fund” ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 AM :: 1722 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... A Grassroot Institute of Hawaii analysis finds Hawaii residents paid more than double the national average in state taxes during 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 1573 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 1658 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... do people in high-tax states receive superior government services ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
SB56 tax scare could have long-lasting effect
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:02 PM :: 1428 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... it is doubtful any of Hawaii’s proposed tax increases this year will, if enacted, achieve the goal of increasing state revenues. More likely, they will further damage the economy and prompt even more of our family, friends and neighbors to move away ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
​Doctors Tell State of Hawaii: ‘I’m leaving’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 AM :: 7328 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes, COVID-19

... There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing .... 

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Sunday, March 21, 2021
National Attention!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2091 Views :: Taxes

“...Confiscation in Paradise: Move to Hawaii, pay the nation’s highest state income-tax rate....”

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
"No new taxes"-- Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:28 PM :: 1290 Views :: Taxes

... the Hawaii Tax Review Commission conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 1763 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
House Finance Committee Approves State Budget – with Amendments
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1313 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... The $1.6 billion in federal funds allocated to the State in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a temporary reprieve for the State's financial crisis. ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Raising Hawaii taxes could worsen MD shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:58 PM :: 1835 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Lawmakers may impose the highest income tax in the nation on Hawaii residents making over $200,000, and this may be damaging to Hawaii's health system ....

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Sunday, March 14, 2021
C’mon, Let’s Soak the Rich!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1488 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... a kind of crabs-in-the-bucket argument ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
House Republicans: "Tax Increase Will Hurt Hawaii"
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 1325 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

"...It's going to discourage economic growth that has already stalled...."

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Hawai'i Senators Bungle Major Tax Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:16 PM :: 1299 Views :: Taxes

“...Hawaii: First in taxation, last in affordability....”

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Does the American Rescue Plan Ban State Tax Cuts?
By Tax Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 1190 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Some states have experienced meaningful revenue declines. But many don’t have losses to offset, so they would have to identify other ways to spend a large infusion of one-time money ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Public outrage grows after Senators OK huge tax hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:16 AM :: 2275 Views :: Taxes

... SB56 contains so many tax increases it's hard to fathom, yet at the end of the day, only one Hawaii senator opposed it ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
The Enola Gay Has Left the Hangar
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1433 Views :: Taxes

... Senate Bill 56, with the ominous title “Relating to Revenue Generation,” has been granted its first hearing by the Senate Ways and Means Committee ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Tax proposals defy common sense
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:01 PM :: 1504 Views :: Taxes

... The Hawai'i Legislature may be hard at work, but it looks like common sense is on vacation ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 1640 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: What to watch out for at the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 1132 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Lawmakers are planning to increase taxes and regulations this year, but there are better ways to help Hawaii's economy prosper ....

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