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Sunday, September 28, 2014
The Second Most Unfair Tax System? Really?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4668 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the study ranked Hawaii’s tax system 49th out of 50, in the order of fairness....

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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Property Tax Hike? You Have Until Sept 30 to Get Out of It
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 6232 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

...September 30, 2014 deadline for three real property programs is approaching and urge those wishing to participate to submit the required documentation....

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Debate: Aiona Challenges Ige on Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 6710 Views :: Politicians, Taxes, Cost of Living

David Ige was one of the top-ranking legislators in charge of implementing the policies that have seen Hawai‘i burdened with bigger bills and higher taxes....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Ige Tried To Tax Everyone's Soda
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 4794 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...In 2011, Senator Ige Cosponsored A Bill Which Established A Tax On Sweetened Beverages In Hawaii....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Hawaii GE Tax Bites Into 99% of Personal Income
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 4841 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The Hawaii GE Tax base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax base applies to 34.46 percent of personal income....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
TV Ad Claims Ige Stands For ‘Government Living Within its Means’ (LOL!)
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 6548 Views :: Politicians, Taxes, Cost of Living

A New Study Shows Hawaii Has The Second Worst Tax System Overall And The Third Most Overtaxed Middle Class....

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Pocketbook Issues: Ige on Defense
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 6935 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party, Taxes, Cost of Living

"Which is precisely why the RGA ad, and others that may follow, might actually persuade voters to go Aiona’s way."

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Friday, September 19, 2014
INFOGRAPHIC: The Abercrombie-Ige Policy Agenda By The Numbers
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 3437 Views :: Taxes

...New Infographic Spells Out The Results Of The Last Four Years For Hawaii....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Slom: State Set to go Bust Unless Major Changes Made in 2015
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 5230 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if the State continues to spend at the current rate Hawaii will use up its general fund carryover balances as early as 2016....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Abercrombie, Ige Together -- $833M Tax Hike
By News Release @ 1:09 PM :: 3077 Views :: Taxes

...Abercrombie And Senator David Ige Have Passed Over $833 Million Of Tax Increases Since 2011....

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Monday, September 15, 2014
Hawaii 2nd Most Unfair Tax System in USA
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 5284 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The middle class is most overtaxed in Arkansas, New York and Hawaii....

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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Timing Isn't Everything, It's the Only Thing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3408 Views :: Taxes

...poor timing can lead to tremendously bad results in Hawaii's tax system....

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Bag Bans are Bad Business
By NCPA @ 11:48 AM :: 6059 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

The government was forced to raise the tax after they noticed that bag use was increasing as consumers began absorbing the cost of the bags....

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Sunday, September 7, 2014
State-Provided Targeted Benefits: Help or Harm?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3263 Views :: Taxes

...State governments, including ours, are increasingly using targeted benefits, such as tax credits and exemptions, to attract companies....

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 5460 Views :: Rail, Taxes
By their own admission, HART executives underestimated the effect of litigation on construction costs and schedules. Will they now underestimate their ability to push through an unpopular tax hike?
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Hawaii deemed ‘sinkhole’ state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:27 PM :: 4791 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

A report by a fiscal watchdog deems Hawaii one of the worst “sinkhole” states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers....

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Monday, September 1, 2014
Ige Pushed $791M GE Tax Hike in Face of Protests
By Andrew Walden @ 11:25 PM :: 5814 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Ige, Chun-Oakland, and Fukunaga were the three bitter-enders holding out for the full $791M in GE Tax hikes....

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
At First, Takai Voted For the Pension Tax 'Every Time'
By Andrew Walden @ 11:21 PM :: 7699 Views :: Labor, Politicians, Taxes

Even weeks after angry kupuna and union members began crowding committee hearings to protest, Takai voted 'aye' for the pension tax bill HB1092 HD1....

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Pension Tax: How Did Your Legislator Vote?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 7195 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...find your state representative and determine how he or she voted every time the pension tax was up...

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
REIT – A New Kind of Tax Shelter?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4241 Views :: Taxes

What qualifies as real estate for REIT purposes is an issue that recently has been in the news....

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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Filing Close to Deadline? Get a Receipt!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3622 Views :: Taxes

Mr. and Mrs. Stocker waited until the day their taxes were due....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hawaii Gets Mixed Reviews on Policies to Prevent and Fight Cancer
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 5026 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Hawaii is making progress when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hawaii Still a Debt "Sinkhole State"
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:35 PM :: 4749 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii remains among the worst 5 states for taxpayer burden of debt and continues to use overly optimistic accounting....

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Flying High
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4733 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Airline passengers are considered an easy group to tax....

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Kauai: Hundreds Demand Explanation for Massive Property Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 4950 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

“We’ve taken literally hundreds of inquiries over the past three weeks and have explained to each taxpayer in great detail why their taxes may have increased....”

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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Do We Really Want to Starve the Golden Goose?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4133 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Department of Taxation employees were able to answer the phone only 59% of the time in 2013....

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
2014 April GET Collections Still Down Compared to 2013
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:17 PM :: 6007 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...2014 April General Excise Tax (GET) collections are still down compared to the same month last year, although slightly improved on March 2014....

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Sunday, August 3, 2014
Everywhere...and Perversely Fair
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3312 Views :: Taxes

...Our Hawaii Supreme Court said that it reaches "virtually every economic activity imaginable"....

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Friday, August 1, 2014
$72M Vanishes: New Council on Revenues Forecast Minus 1.8%
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 7193 Views :: Economy, Taxes

...The new fiscal year 2014 forecast is minus 1.8 percent, down from a negative 0.4 percent in May, a difference of about $72 million....

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Inversion: Is it Fair to Vote with Your Feet?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3462 Views :: Taxes

...“inversion” occurs when a U.S. company merges with a foreign company and moves its headquarters to the foreign country....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Retiree Healthcare: Hawaii's $3.5B Magic Trick
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 6883 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Can anything be in worse condition than unfunded government pensions? Unfortunately, yes – and it’s called OPEB....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
House Bill Could Free Hawaii Consumers from $20M Internet Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 PM :: 4113 Views :: Taxes

The Senate version, called the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, is awaiting consideration from the Senate Finance Committee....

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Monday, July 14, 2014
Hawaii's State Debt Now Represents 92% of the Average Taxpayer's Income
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:09 PM :: 4088 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii's mounting state debt now represents $41,300 per taxpayer, the second highest in the country....

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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Would You Be Shocked?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5573 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii's power prices are among the highest in the nation as well. Not surprisingly, one of the big reasons for this is taxation....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
1935: Hawaii Imposes GE Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 6:28 PM :: 4951 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

By the end of the 1930s, 22 states had implemented a sales tax....

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Unfunded liabilities leave HI taxpayers ‘drowning in debt,’ fiscal watchdog says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:39 PM :: 6250 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...the administration “performing a $4 billion magic trick”....

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Hawaii’s Downward Spiral Of State Tax Collections Is Alarming
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:23 PM :: 4510 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...General Excise Tax collections for the first quarter of 2014 are down 4.6% in comparison to last year....

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Sunday, June 29, 2014
We’ve Been Bracket Creeped!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3714 Views :: Taxes

...in 1978 when Hawaii adopted its present system of conforming to the federal Internal Revenue Code, inflation adjustments were left off the table....

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Sunday, June 22, 2014
How Hawaii Can Grow the Pie
By Tom Yamachika @ 3:10 PM :: 3684 Views :: Taxes

What it would take to help the state create a governing and regulatory climate that would bring in more revenue without raising taxes....

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Missing IRS emails outrage targeted Hawaii tea party leaders
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:00 PM :: 6006 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

Hawaii TEA party leaders are outraged over the news the IRS has lost emails of its former director, Lois Lerner, during a critical time when the agency admitted to targeting conservative groups....

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
IRS Commissioner Subpoenaed to Testify on Lois Lerner’s ‘Lost’ Emails
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:20 PM :: 4826 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

He had been told “they’re there” by no less than IRS Commissioner John Koskinen himself....

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Sunday, June 15, 2014
It's All About Delivering Value
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3265 Views :: Taxes

When you think about paying taxes, most people seem to think that it's about the same as throwing money down a rathole....

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
1901: Territory of Hawaii Adopts First Income Tax in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 7184 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Now every state has an income tax except for Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Alaska is notable in that it is the only state to repeal an existing income tax....

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Sunday, June 8, 2014
What Happens in Vegas...Moves to Vegas
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3671 Views :: Taxes

...between 1995 and 2000 roughly 12,000 people moved from Hawaii to Nevada, and about 1,850 moved from Nevada to Hawaii....

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Thursday, June 5, 2014
Hawaii Ranks #4 in Gasoline Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 PM :: 6489 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

California is in 1st place with the highest rate of 52.89 cents per gallon, and is followed closely by New York (49.86 cents/gallon), Connecticut (49.3 cents/gallon), and Hawaii (48.05 cents/gallon)....

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Council on Revenues: Tax Revenue Will Decline for 2014 as Movie Moguls Grab Tax Credit Millions
By News Release @ 4:58 AM :: 4645 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...The Act also increases the cap on the amount of the credit per production from $8 million to $15 million and moves the expiration date for the credit from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2019....

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Sunday, June 1, 2014
The Hawaiian Tribe--Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3879 Views :: Taxes

We certainly hope that no one is thinking that the citizens of the reconstituted Kingdom living on state lands, and taking advantages of the benefits and services offered by the state and federal governments, will then claim they don’t have to pay for them....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
IRS Holds Off -- for Now -- on Rules to Restrict Political Groups
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:25 AM :: 6191 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

Yesterday, the IRS announced it would hold off until next year on new rules that would have restricted the activities of nonprofit groups....

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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Chamber of Commerce 23 Harmful Bills Stopped in Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 AM :: 5500 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

Of the 54 bills harmful to business that were introduced this session that we tracked, 23 bills were stopped....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
New IRS Revelations – and What the Obama Administration Is Doing Behind the Scenes
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:03 PM :: 5761 Views :: National News, Taxes, TEA Party

...the Obama administration lied when it tried to pin the scandal on IRS employees in an Ohio branch office....

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