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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last Year’s $844 Million Surplus is Borrowed from the Future
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 4523 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The downward forecast means that the state has now fewer projected revenues that could be used to fund some of the proposed spending initiatives....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:20 AM :: 3959 Views :: Taxes

Here are the tax highlights from the 2014 Legislative Session....

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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Mayors Are Still After GE Tax Surcharge Authority
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3342 Views :: Taxes

This bill is still alive and it represents probably the largest TAX INCREASE still moving.....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Hawaii Ranks #2 for Dividend Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 11:01 PM :: 5695 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Californians face the highest top marginal personal dividend tax rate in the United States of 33 percent, followed by taxpayers in New York (31.5 percent), and Hawaii (31.6 percent)....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Council on Revenues Knocks $478M Hole in Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 5536 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The council projected zero percent growth for the fiscal year that ends in June, down from 3.3 percent....

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Whither the Independent Appeals Officer?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3509 Views :: Taxes

Appeals officers help over 100,000 taxpayers each year resolve their tax disputes with the IRS....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Ige Slams Abercrombie over Pension Tax Hypocrisy, Morita Appointment
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 5730 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

The governor may not be following the legislative process closely....

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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Video: Grassroot Institute Talks with Tom Yamachika, Tax Foundation of Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:38 AM :: 3266 Views :: Taxes

Mr. Yamachika discusses the state’s current tax policies and the work of Tax Foundation....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
3 Ways to Make April 15 Less Painful
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:02 PM :: 3277 Views :: Taxes

“The tax code stables in Washington haven’t been cleaned out since 1986.” And it shows....

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Can We Best Help the Poor by Making Their Lives Complicated?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6083 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Among the proposals being considered are a low-income credit; a food and excise tax credit; a low-income household renters’ credit; an earned income tax credit; and a special tax credit for seniors....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Inside the IRS Corruption Scandal
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:07 PM :: 4565 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

IRS officials admitted that groups with conservative leanings, especially with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, had been targeted....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
New Travel Agency Taxes Damage Tourism and Are Illegal
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:38 PM :: 4439 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

New states considering online travel agency taxes should consider the harmful effect on tourism and the potential for legal battles they're likely to lose....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
Honolulu: Highest Taxes in USA for Low Income Residents, 9th Lowest for High Income Residents
By Selected News Articles @ 3:22 AM :: 5747 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $4,232 (the highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $11,840 (9th lowest)
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Sunday, February 16, 2014
I Thought There Was Only One Beast to Feed
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3081 Views :: Taxes

When you and I pay our taxes, we probably expect that the money we pay in will be used toward any and all legitimate financial needs of the state....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Caldwell's Latest Scheme: Garbage Tax
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 5778 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Caldwell's Garbage Tax Would Hit Nonprofits, Small Business Hard....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Four Things You Should Know About The Minimum Wage Debate In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:31 AM :: 6935 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

If the legislature is serious about fighting poverty in Hawaii, a broader and more comprehensive discussion is essential....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
SB2196: Barrel Tax Snatches $80M out of Consumers Pockets
By UHERO @ 8:59 PM :: 4908 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...its major impact has been as a funding source for energy and food security initiatives....

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Thursday, February 6, 2014
SB 2169: GE Tax Cut Would Help Working Families and the Poor
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:41 PM :: 3442 Views :: Taxes

32 states have similar exemptions, and research has demonstrated that low and middle-income families spend a larger proportion of their income on food costs....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Bitter Abercrombie Bickers With 'Irresponsible' Legislators over CAFR Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 AM :: 4491 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"Well, I’m always pleased to share credit when people realize they can’t avoid their responsibilities anymore...." - Abercrombie

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Sunday, February 2, 2014
I Need a Gun, Mommy, but I won't use it (now)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3244 Views :: Taxes

Recently the mayors of our four large counties all got together in what has been described as their annual pilgrimage to the legislature....

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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Regressive Taxes: State Hypocrisy on Minimum Wage
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 6790 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
“…our residents living in poverty pay more in state taxes than all but three other states….”
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Friday, January 31, 2014
Hawaii AG: Trans-Pac Partnership Endangers State Tobacco Revenues
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 4836 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

Attorney General David M. Louie joined 46 fellow state and territorial attorneys general in signing a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
VIDEO: Hawaii House, Senate Republicans Join Forces
By Video @ 10:04 PM :: 5577 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

Senator Slom and Representative Aaron Ling Johanson and his fellow House Republicans are introducing companion legislation that includes financial relief for every taxpayer in Hawaii....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Tax Foundation of Hawaii: We are Still Here, and Life Goes On
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3708 Views :: Taxes

There was only one Lowell Kalapa, and he is now in a place where there are no taxes....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Ige: SB2982 Amends Constitution to Shield Pension Income from Taxation
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 3102 Views :: Taxes

SB 2982 proposes a constitutional amendment to exclude certain retirement benefits from income taxation....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tobacco Control? Hawaii Scores 'A' for Taxes and Regulation, 'D' for Prevention
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 4902 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Beginning in fiscal year 2015, the distribution of tobacco settlement funds for tobacco prevention and control will return to 6.5 percent after being redirected into the general fund to offset budget deficits for the past several years....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Progressive Tax Code Not Visible in Tax Expenditures
By NCPA @ 2:46 PM :: 5074 Views :: National News, Tax Credits, Taxes

...high-income and low-income filers had large tax expenditures, while middle-income taxpayers had smaller expenditures....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Appleseed: Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 4518 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...a proposed bill containing four components that will significantly improve the economic vitality of low and moderate income households....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Ward: No Pension Tax
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:21 PM :: 4867 Views :: Taxes

Souki's call for a pension tax on older, well-off residents of Hawaii is like Governor Abercrombie's Pension Tax of 2011...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The 2014 ObamaCare Tax Wave
By NCPA @ 1:42 PM :: 3589 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the HIT would increase health insurance premiums by more than $2,800 per person and $6,800 per family over a decade....


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Monday, January 13, 2014
Services Planned for Taxpayer Advocate Lowell Kalapa
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 7405 Views :: Taxes

"...he provided a very valuable voice, especially in this town where you don't have too many people speaking out on anything."

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Monday, January 13, 2014
$33,000 Per Person: Hawaii State Debt #2 in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 5872 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Residents of Alaska ($40,000 per resident) and Hawaii ($33,000) have the highest levels of state debt on a per capita basis, followed by Connecticut ($31,000), Ohio($28,000) and Illinois ($25,000)....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
New IRS Rule Could Cut Into Restaurant Workers' Tips
By NCPA @ 11:35 AM :: 5385 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

As of January 1, a new tax rule will prevent restaurant workers from collecting automatic tips....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Resort Fees: SB1201 Proposes Massive Hike in TAT
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 AM :: 4709 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“resort fees by hotels are subject to the Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT)”
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Monday, January 6, 2014
High Home Values Give Hawaii Low Property Tax Percentage
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 4831 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...property taxes as a share of home values ranging from 0.2 percent (Maui County, Hawaii) to 3.1 percent (Wayne County, New York)....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
More New Taxes and Fees: How You’ll Pay for Obamacare in 2014
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 PM :: 3414 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

This is only the beginning—watch how two of these taxes get worse in the years to come....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Hawaii: Twelfth Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 PM :: 3778 Views :: Taxes

This tax structure is not surprising given Hawaii’s reliance on tourism as its primary economic driver....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
These 13 Tax Increases Hit in 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:02 PM :: 3874 Views :: Taxes

... and two tax hikes for 2014 ....

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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Taxing Tourists Politically Popular
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 4008 Views :: Taxes

The report for November pegs growth in TAT revenues at a positive 9.0% while the collections of the general excise tax are down by 3.4%....

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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Tax Policy Should be Equitable and Not Hinder Economic Growth
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:00 AM :: 4567 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... another legislative session looms large on the horizon ....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy for All Families
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 5559 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

Our state’s lower-income families are faced with almost insurmountable structural challenges to escaping poverty....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Time to Ease the Tax Burden to Allow Economy to Prosper
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 3821 Views :: Taxes

Now that everyone is aware that the tax increases of the last few years have allowed state government to accumulate nearly a billion dollars in surplus funds, it is time for policymakers to think about insuring that Hawaii is ready for the next downturn....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Hawaii’s retirement system tackles $8.5 billion shortfall
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:54 PM :: 4479 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
About 2,000 state and county employees retire each year, but will there be enough money to pay their retirement, disability and other benefits?
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Friday, December 13, 2013
Airline Fees: The Budget Deal's Sneaky Tax Increases
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:10 PM :: 5544 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Travelers are currently charged $2.50 per flight under the Transportation Security Administration’s airline security “fee.” Under the budget deal, that would increase to $5.60 per flight or $11.20 for a round-trip ticket....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money?
By NCPA @ 6:58 PM :: 5490 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

Consumers choose plastic bags far more often than paper or reusable bags to carry their purchases.... 

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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Turning The Tide of Anti-Business Attitudes in Government
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 4388 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

For years, local leaders, both within government and the business community, depended on the umbilical cord to federal funds secured by Hawaii’s Congressional delegation....

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Friday, December 6, 2013
Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:36 PM :: 4031 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right?  The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board....

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Monday, December 2, 2013
Supreme Court Declines to hear Online Sales Tax Case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:41 PM :: 3935 Views :: National News, Taxes

The law is a complicated one, made so in an effort to get around the Supreme Court’s past rulings that states could not require sales tax collection by a company if that company is not physically present in the state....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
Black Friday Spending Spree (in Washington)
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:28 AM :: 4506 Views :: National News, Taxes

...members of the budget conference committee are considering several options that could increase spending by up to an additional $100 billion....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Hawaii among 13 ‘turkeys’ for fiscal management
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 4082 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
A new report from Truth in Accounting’s State Data Lab names Hawaii one of 13 “Turkey States” because the state spent more money than it received and racked up more debt for future taxpayers.
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