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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 :: 4616 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 :: 5597 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 :: 3872 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 :: 4509 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 :: 5586 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 :: 5544 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 :: 4426 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 :: 4064 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 :: 3972 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 :: 4553 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 :: 4117 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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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Some Employer Requirements of Obamacare
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 5735 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

...how is the new health care initiative going to affect businesses?

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Talking Turkey about Hawaii’s Spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:19 AM :: 5439 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
Hawaii state spending for fiscal year 2012 outstripped income yet again....
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sometimes Aspects of Property Tax Can Be Confusing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 3691 Views :: Taxes

One of the idiosyncrasies of the real property tax is an action taken by a county or City council called compromises....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
HI lawmakers critical of developer that created health-care, tax websites
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:03 PM :: 5209 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

The state Department of Taxation paid CGI Group more than $87 million over 12 years....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Health Dept: 60% of Hawaii Teens' Drinking is Less Sugary
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 3960 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...Education works: Who needs a Beverage Tax?....

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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Slowing Growth of Government Only Way to Avoid Another Shutdown
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 3688 Views :: Taxes

Whew, we dodged the bullet, sighed many beneficiaries of the federal largesse....

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Friday, November 8, 2013
Hawaii tax department under scrutiny for waste, mismanagement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:44 PM :: 4090 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Twenty-five people in the state Department of Taxation were put on leave in December 2011 for unauthorized access to tax records....

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
HI5 Program Loses $28M: Audit Points to Fraud and Abuse (for the 4th time)
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:18 AM :: 6805 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Homelessness, Taxes

...over the past three fiscal years, the program has paid out $28 million more in handling fees than it has collected in container fees....

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Sunday, November 3, 2013
Share Loss of TAT Could Spell Increased GET
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3819 Views :: Taxes

...legislative leaders have been taking a dog and pony show on the road to try and convince county officials to give up their revenue sharing of the transient accommodations tax....

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Friday, November 1, 2013
Kiplinger: Hawaii Among Least Tax-Friendly States
By Selected News Articles @ 7:10 PM :: 3478 Views :: Taxes

...our picks for the 10 most tax-friendly and the 10 least tax-friendly states in the U.S....

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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Study detailing Hawaii’s hidden retirement liabilities should haunt taxpayers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:25 PM :: 5367 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This Halloween, the Chicago-based government watchdog group, Truth in Accounting, issued what its authors call a “haunting” report....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
3 Trillion Reasons Not to Raise Taxes Again
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:30 PM :: 3303 Views :: Taxes

... raised taxes 13 times in 2013 ....

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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Reforming the Tax Law to Recognize New Efficiencies
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3654 Views :: Taxes

More than a decade ago, lawmakers and tax department officials finally realized that it is possible to purchase services for resale....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
SB1 Would Impose New Tax on Churches—Even if they Accept Gay Marriage
By Andrew Walden @ 5:31 AM :: 6922 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Taxes

...marriage-related church functions, until now regarded as non-profit, will be considered a ‘for-profit’ activity....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Senate WAM Briefing to Consider ‘Tax System Modernization’
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 3562 Views :: Taxes
  • DATE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
  • TIME: 10:00 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 211, State Capitol
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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Reasons to be Concerned About Obamacare - Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 5020 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

The shut down of the federal government pivots on which side will blink first....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Audit: City Lets Elite Avoid $1.8M in Property Taxes on 'Historic' Homes
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 5288 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

The audit objective was to evaluate the RPAD processes related to the classification, reclassification, valuation, and assessment of real property for taxation purposes....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Report: Hawaii Ranks 30th in Business Tax Climate
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 4653 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
The Tax Foundation’s 2014 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index  enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare....
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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Raising Debt Ceiling, Cutting Spending is Crux of Issue
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3503 Views :: Taxes

Last week’s partial shutdown of the federal government broke records on the airwaves of twitter and other social media with much of the criticism....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
"Rich States" Also Have Debts -- Hawaii Ranks #5
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 4253 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
The Taxpayer Burden for Hawaii, the 5th “richest state,” is $ 39,900 compared to its median household income of $66,259.
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Feel rich? Average Hawaii Resident needs to pony up $40K to pay off state debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 4919 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Do you feel rich? The Wall Street Journal claims you are, as a fiscal watchdog group says the opposite, citing crushing amounts of government debt....

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Monday, September 30, 2013
Taking Effect Today: Honolulu Property Tax Hikes Target Elderly
By Andrew Walden @ 8:12 PM :: 5296 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...thanks to a Christmas Tree Clause in 13-33, developers and wealthy individuals with 10 acres or more have been given an easy out for upzoned properties....

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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Quick Fix for Social Security Could Create False Hopes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3434 Views :: Taxes

Apparently when one is an elected official, one has to make sure that their concerns reflect the concerns of their constituency and obviously the concerns of seniors is right up there at the top of the list....

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
HPR: Grassroot Institute on the “Critical State of Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities”
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:14 PM :: 5304 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...listen to Dr. Akina further discuss the problem on HPR’s “The Conversation”....

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Lerner’s out at IRS, but Hawaii tea parties still want answers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:00 PM :: 6091 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

She was angered when she got an inquiry from the IRS in 2012 demanding she provide detailed information on Honolulu tea party activities, materials, pictures, videos, names of speakers and attendees, as well as copies and recordings of speeches made during events....

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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Quoted Study, Missing Important Caveat, is Misleading
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4396 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...unlike other states that have a retail sales tax structure, Hawaii’s general excise tax focuses on the gross income received by a business....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
What You Need to Know About the Debt Limit
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:43 AM :: 5824 Views :: National News, Economy, Taxes

The Congressional Budget Office just dropped a budget update on Washington, and it’s not good. The U.S. government is spending recklessly—and Obamacare is adding fuel to the fire....

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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Questionable Paradox Exists for Affordable Housing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 6224 Views :: Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

there is a glaring paradox as observers decry the shortage of affordable housing ... while at the same time prevent the development of additional affordable housing....

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Monday, September 9, 2013
States Offer Tax-Filing Guidance for Same-Sex Couples
By Selected News Articles @ 7:16 PM :: 5286 Views :: Family, Taxes

...the IRS announced that any same-sex couple who married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage can file a joint federal tax return, even if the state where they currently live does not recognize same-sex marriage....

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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Quandary Ahead as State Digresses from Conformity
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3706 Views :: Taxes

For more than 35 years the state has adhered to a policy of conforming with the federal income tax code....

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Friday, September 6, 2013
Hawaii is #1 Welfare State in the Nation
By Tito Montes @ 10:54 PM :: 10330 Views :: Economy, Taxes

... Tito Montes discussing the desperate need for welfare reform in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
New Sales Tax Study Highlights the Problem in Hawaii's GET
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:05 PM :: 3840 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

On paper it may appear Hawaii has a "low sales tax," but that is not the case....

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Hawaii Unfunded Pension Liability Nears $27B, Your Share: $19,357
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 6197 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is present in the top ten of both lists, showing large unfunded liabilities compared to their populations and economic output ....

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hawaii GE Tax "Broadest in the US"
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 PM :: 4304 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, taxing many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxing 99.21% of the state's personal income. This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax base applies to 34.46%....

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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Placing Check-off Designations on Tax Form Paid for by All Taxpayers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3633 Views :: Taxes

...enthusiastic supporters of some very specific causes pushed lawmakers to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their state tax refund for their specific cause....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform
By NCPA @ 2:48 PM :: 4727 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Once they establish principles for reform, legislators can choose from a menu of options. Tinkering with existing plans is the most obvious, and sometimes the easiest....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Property Tax Exemptions on Honolulu Council Committee Agenda
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 4837 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Wednesday August 21, 2013 9AM....

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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Purchases of Goods and Services for Resale Afforded Lesser Rate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4044 Views :: Taxes

For many years it was difficult for policymakers and administrators to conceive that services, like goods, could be purchased for resale....

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Friday, August 16, 2013
Mayor claims $26 million shortfall just days into fiscal year
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:59 AM :: 5933 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes
“How did it suddenly appear?” Kobayashi asked.
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