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Sunday, May 11, 2014
Fitch Downgrade: Kauai County Spending Out of Control
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 4876 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

Expenditure growth has repeatedly outpaced revenue gains, resulting in recurring operating deficits and drawdowns in fund balance....

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Sunday, May 11, 2014
To Err Is Human – And Then We Can Really Mess Things Up
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3278 Views :: Taxes

One feature of our legislative session is that a lot of work needs to get done in a short amount of time. When that happens, there are “oops” moments....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Hawaii's Top Marginal Tax Rate: 367100%
By Selected News Articles @ 6:18 PM :: 3735 Views :: Taxes

The paper provides taxpayers with concise information regarding the importance of these Hawaii tax cliffs and suggests policy changes....

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Monday, May 5, 2014
Maui Council Approves Budget with Tax and Fee Cuts
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 4752 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...real property tax rates were reduced by 3.1 percent across the board from fiscal year 2014 rates....

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
So You Want A Stable Funding Source?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3344 Views :: Taxes

This week we look at the term “stable funding source.” In business, there is no such thing....

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
HART 3 Month Take--Another $61.7M from Taxpayers
By News Release @ 1:42 AM :: 4571 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The half-percent GET surcharge for Oahu, which by law can only be used for Honolulu's rail system, began in January 2007 and is set to expire at the end of 2022....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Property Tax Exemptions Reduce Honolulu Tax Revenue $100M
By Natalie Iwasa @ 9:28 PM :: 4786 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...You’ll never see it as a line item in the budget....

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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Do You Know the Meaning of ‘Temporary’?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3627 Views :: Taxes
Yes, to you and me it’s a common word. But in the world of Hawaii tax it seems to have an entirely different meaning....
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Monday, April 21, 2014
No New Taxes! Maui County Budget Hearing April 24
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 6625 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, TEA Party
County Budget Hearing
April 24th, 6pm, County Council Chamber, Wailuku
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
C’mon, Mr Producer, Do You Even Know What All The Laws Are?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4268 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

One of the bills now making its way through the Legislature concerns the motion picture, digital media, and film production tax credit....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Abercrombie votes more than 100 times in favor of higher taxes
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 3722 Views :: Politicians, Taxes
As Abercrombie celebrates Tax Day, take a moment to review some research about the many ways he plotted to take more of YOUR money...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Kiplinger: Hawaii 5th-Least Tax-Friendly State
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 3367 Views :: Taxes

The Aloha State is known for its high cost of living. High income tax rates are part of the reason....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Grassroot Institute 'Celebrates' Hawaii's Tax Freedom Day
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:48 PM :: 3900 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii citizens have earned enough for the year's tax bill - one day later than last year....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Rich States-Poor States: Hawaii Improves its Economic Competitiveness Ranking
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 AM :: 6548 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

New report ranks Hawaii 36th in economic outlook and 17th in economic performance....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Where Did Your Tax Money Go?
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:56 AM :: 3062 Views :: Taxes

Your 2013 tax dollars—which are due today—went primarily to pay for government benefits....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
What No One Wants to Admit About Social Security Taxes
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:18 PM :: 4008 Views :: National News, Taxes
“At least that’s going to pay for my retirement”?
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Sunday, April 13, 2014
What’s The Streamlined Sales Tax Project – And Should We Jump In?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3788 Views :: Taxes

This problem could be solved if Congress steps in....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Will IRS Targeting Send Someone to Jail?
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:57 AM :: 6381 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

...criminal activities, including “violating taxpayers’ constitutional rights,” “misleading investigators,” and “exposing private taxpayer information”....

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Census: Hawaii Tax Revenue Jump 3rd Highest in Nation
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 4259 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

States with the largest percentage increase were North Dakota (27.8 percent), California (15.6 percent), Hawaii (10.5 percent)....

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Sunday, April 6, 2014
Tax Return Extensions – Not an Occasion to Punt on Working the Numbers
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3224 Views :: Taxes
If you didn't, the computer will take away your extension retroactively. And it will probably hit you with 25% penalties, and interest on top of that....
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Friday, April 4, 2014
Hawaii State-Local Tax Burden Drops to 20th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 AM :: 4100 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii moved from 14th to 20th....

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
But Shouldn’t We Do Something About the Two Gorillas in the Bar?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4847 Views :: Labor, Taxes

At June 30, 2013, ERS had an “unfunded actuarial accrued liability” of about $8.4 billion. For EUTF, the number was about $18.2 billion....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. government
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:02 AM :: 4980 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...highlighting those bills that champion taxpayers and residents; and bills that affect our rights and freedoms....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 7881 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
If You Want a Tax Appeal, Beware the Weekend
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3315 Views :: Taxes

Once in a while people fight with taxing agencies about their taxes....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Facts & Figures 2014: How Does Your State Compare?
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 3729 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...rates and rankings of all 50 states on 39 different measures of tax and fiscal policy....

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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 :: 4610 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 :: 4065 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 :: 3396 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 :: 5827 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 :: 5692 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 :: 3615 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 :: 5855 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 :: 3337 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 :: 3358 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 :: 6241 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 :: 4705 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 :: 4554 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 :: 5841 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 :: 3150 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 :: 6009 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 :: 7124 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 :: 5001 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 :: 3516 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 :: 4587 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 :: 3309 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 :: 7021 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 :: 4929 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 :: 5708 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 :: 3798 Views :: Taxes

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

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