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Sunday, May 3, 2015
NextEra: Legalized Tax Fraud
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 6402 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Total federal income tax breaks from 2008 through 2012: $4.2 billion....

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
Whose Tax Is It, Anyway? (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4541 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A few days ago, the United States Tax Court decided a case that is important to small business owners....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Desperate to Push GE Tax Hike Thru, HART Pretends Property Tax Hike is Only Alternative
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 5963 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Watch HART try to pitch a Property Tax hike in order to make the GE tax seem palatable....

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Magical Appearing Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4882 Views :: Taxes, Drugs
34.228%! Imagine any customer seeing that kind of tax on the bill!
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Suffering Loss of Tobacco Tax Revenues, Health Department Applauds Act 19 Restrictions on E-Cigs
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 4194 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

"While tobacco use among Hawaii’s public middle and high school students has declined over the past decade, e-cigarette use has been increasing rapidly."

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Friday, April 24, 2015
One Simple State Tax Code Tweak to Favor Marijuana Taxpayers over Tax Evaders
By Selected News Articles @ 12:45 PM :: 4575 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

Perhaps the largest expenses these operators are forbidden from deducting under § 280E are the excise taxes and license fees they pay to the state....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
HART GE Tax Receipts $9M Above Expectations
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 4442 Views :: Rail, Taxes
“We now have collected nearly $1.47 billion in local revenue funding for rail”
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
25% Tax Would Make State Senior Partner in Marijuana Business
By Andrew Walden @ 5:47 AM :: 6479 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

...HB321, SD2 proposes a 15% gross proceeds tax and a 10% special sales tax on so-called 'medical' marijuana sold in Hawaii....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
SB 555 - Increasing the Food/Excise Tax Credit
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 5420 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Hawaii levies the second highest tax burden in the country on its low-income families. A major reason for this is the General Excise tax....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Report: Illegals Pay $31M in Hawaii State Taxes
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 3750 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

A new 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Smoking It Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3820 Views :: Taxes

HB145 has quite a history. It started as a bill to limit the tobacco tax on large cigars to 50 cents per cigar....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Small Business Tax Index -- Hawaii 47th
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 3836 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This year’s edition of the Index pulls together 23 different tax measures....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Forbes Worst States for Taxes: Hawaii 31st
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 4255 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Many states have a graduated system — the most complicated one is Hawaii....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Hawaii Has Most Tax Brackets of Any State
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 3667 Views :: Taxes

...three states have ten or more tax brackets, led by Hawaii with twelve....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Rail Surcharge Extension, State to Skim $496M
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:54 AM :: 5028 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Senators Russell Ruderman, Glenn Wakai, Lee Ihara, Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Keith-Agaran voted in the affirmative but with reservations.  A no vote at this stage serves to exclude the person voting no from participating in the Conference Committee....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Stop the Rail GET Surcharge Extension Bills
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 4631 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HB134 will be voted on this Tuesday - 4/14 - in the State Senate....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Rail Tax: If You Don't Ask You Don't Get
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5505 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we are getting closer to a resolution on the two bills that are seeking to extend the life of the 0.5% Oahu county surcharge on our general excise tax....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Rail Tax: 2022 Sunset is Only Remaining Check on HART Spending
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:58 AM :: 4514 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The only way to contain costs is to force HART to live within its current means....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Hawaii GE Tax: Broadest Sales Tax in US
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 4419 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The Hawaii GET taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state's personal income....

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 6584 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day--April 19, 2015
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 4299 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii will be the 25th state to reach Tax Freedom Day, 5 days earlier than national average....

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
No Junior, You Can't Borrow the Car… I Sold It Last Century
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 3624 Views :: Taxes

...the State used to administer the property tax back in the dark ages until the 1978 Constitutional Convention....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Study: Hawaii Is the 2nd Worst State to Be Poor from a Tax Perspective
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 4442 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
50th – Low Income (12.30% of Income)
48th – Middle Income (10.86% of Income)

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
HB1471: Barreling the Poor
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4837 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...if HB1471 passes we are looking at a total tax of $53.2 million, which is an increase of about 25%....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
TAT: Tourist Dollars not an Infinite Resource
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 4024 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

HB 169 would gradually raise the transient accommodations tax for resort time share vacation units to 9.25%....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
GE Tax: Significant negative effect to state economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:24 AM :: 4411 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The current trend of increasing state and county revenues via various state tax increases and surcharges represents the sort of short-term planning that inevitably leads to economic troubles....

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Top Issues? Budget, Homelessness, Housing, Rail Tax, and Marijuana
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 6633 Views :: Homelessness, Rail, Taxes, Drugs

A report on the top state issues of 2015....

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Auditor Hammers Legislators' Special Funds: 43 of 44 Do Not Meet Criteria
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 3735 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...an analysis of each new special or revolving fund proposed by legislative bills....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Online Travel Companies Win Big Before Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 6441 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...Hawaii’s Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of online travel companies....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Who Needs Tax Hike? DLNR: Waikiki Erosion Caused by Weather Anomaly
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 5155 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

...Sand Should Return with Trade Winds....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Video: House Republicans Speak Out on HB134 Rail Tax
By Video @ 4:23 PM :: 5471 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

...0.25 per cent rate, beginning January 1, 2017. Amends the administrative fee for the collection of a county surcharge by the State....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
I Can’t Believe He Said That!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4572 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... hundreds of little (and in some cases, not so little) pots of money sprinkled throughout Hawaii's departments, agencies, and other governmental units ....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Update: Low Income Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 5822 Views :: Homelessness, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Hawaii Appleseed is making solid progress advancing important legislation to benefit low-income people in our state....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Council on Revenues Increases Growth Forecast by 1% for Fiscal Year 2015
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 5178 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This translates to an additional $191.4 million in anticipated revenues to the state general fund for fiscal biennium 2016-17....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
IRS Seeks Hawaii Volunteers for Tax Panel
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 3194 Views :: Taxes

...IRS is seeking volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that identifies major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS service....

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Pay Your Money and Take Your Chances!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5340 Views :: Gambling, Taxes

In Hawaii a number of us are fascinated with gambling....

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Raise it Higher? GE Tax one among worst practices in fifty states
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 5282 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...And the poorer you are, the more of your income goes to GE Tax....

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Sunshine? Bills Slip Through During 'Total Solar Eclipse'
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 5674 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

During floor session today (March 5th, 2015) after 1:00 PM, House Finance Chair stood up and requested a waiver of the 48-hour requirement to hear an agenda of bills with just one hour of notice....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: A bold step towards fiscal transparency
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 5809 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...a nonpartisan effort to make the state budgeting process accessible to the public by putting state budget facts and figures online, in real time....

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Sunday, March 1, 2015
GE Tax: Piling On!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4319 Views :: Taxes

The Legislature is considering several bills that would add increases or surcharges to the Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET)....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Hawaii Rejects Sugary Beverage Labeling, Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 5:28 PM :: 5116 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the proposed laws could actually increase obesity by increasing poverty....

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
HART Directors' Secret Discussion: State May Grab 25% Cut to Ease Passage of GE Tax Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 2:30 PM :: 5709 Views :: Rail, Taxes
HART Chairman Don Horner suggests the State's surcharge will be raised to 25% even though such a move would "result in a deficit in anticipated GET revenues."
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
California Plastic Bag Ban Suspended as 800,000 Sign Repeal Ballot Petition
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 5860 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes
“SB 270 was never a bill about the environment. It was a backroom deal between the California Grocers Association and their union friends to scam consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees – all under the guise of environmentalism.”
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Surprise: Poorest Obamacare Enrollees Face $530 IRS Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 2:27 PM :: 5493 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

Also in the H&R Block report is the news that the individual mandate penalty is averaging $172. This is likely to rise in future years....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
SB358: Green Energy Scammers Push Legislators to Tax Natural Gas
By Andrew Walden @ 9:04 PM :: 4872 Views :: Energy, Taxes

Under SB358, gas will be taxed more heavily than oil....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Our Best Export – Our Taxes!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3905 Views :: Taxes

...we are exporting around 15%-20% of our general excise tax....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB330: Increase GE Tax by 1%
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:35 PM :: 4879 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

... According to ITEP, payment of sales and excise taxes takes up an average of 11% of family income for the poorest 20% of earners ....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Hawaii #2 in USA: 51.2% Tax on S-Corporation Income
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 6184 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

The fasted growing type of pass-through business is the S corporation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Warning labels and beverage tax fail in Legislature
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 4111 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

We have good news to share about our fights against unfair taxes and regulation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB 825 Provides Little Incentive for Illegal Vacation Rentals to Register
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:32 PM :: 6811 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...the effect of this bill is to burden the compliant small businesses and owner/operator establishments by creating a system that favors larger rental companies and hotels....

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